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A podcast about the Fathers of the Church—the foundational figures in Christian history. Hosted by popular Patristics author Mike Aquilina.

Way of the Fathers with Mike Aquilina Mike Aquilina, CatholicCulture.org

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A podcast about the Fathers of the Church—the foundational figures in Christian history. Hosted by popular Patristics author Mike Aquilina.

    Ep. 15 - Perpetua: A Rare Female Voice from Antiquity

    Ep. 15 - Perpetua: A Rare Female Voice from Antiquity

    Perpetua of Carthage is almost unique in the literature of her time. She is a woman and a writer. Over the course of centuries, traditional Greco-Roman culture produced very few female writers. Nor did ancient literature bother much with the particular concerns of women. So Perpetua stands out as a witness to women’s experience in the third century—and the changed status of women in the Church. A Christian martyr, she kept a diary while in jail. The diary records ordinary details, such as visits from family members and the conditions of the prison. But it also tells of extraordinary visions. Perpetua speaks of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and weaning. In prison she emerges as a charismatic leader of her fellow Christians. Her diary is an extraordinary record, and it is a beautiful meditation on Christian life.
    Links
    Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity (Perpetua's Diary) https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1678
    The Story of Saint Perpetua (animated feature) 
    https://brotherfrancisstore.com/collections/catholic-heroes-of-the-faith/products/catholic-heroes-of-the-faith-the-story-of-saint-perpetua
    The Passion of Saint Perpetua (documentary)
    https://brotherfrancisstore.com/collections/catholic-heroes-of-the-faith/products/catholic-heroes-of-the-faith-the-passion-of-saint-perpetua
    Perpetua’s Song
    https://brotherfrancisstore.com/products/perpetuas-song-audio-download
    More works by the Fathers
    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/
    Mike Aquilina’s website
    https://fathersofthechurch.com
    Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of http://www.ccwatershed.org.

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    Ep. 14 - Tertullian: Who Forged Words and Invented Freedoms

    Ep. 14 - Tertullian: Who Forged Words and Invented Freedoms

    Thank Tertullian of Carthage for his role in forming a distinctively western Christianity. He gave us words in our own language to express the inexpressible: words like Trinity and Sacrament. He also introduced the world to the idea of freedom of conscience. Our civilization rests on his ideas.
    Links
    Tertullian, Apology
    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1662
    Tertullian, To Scapula
    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1682

    More works by the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/
    Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com
    Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of http://www.ccwatershed.org.
     

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    Ep. 13 - Tertullian and the Theology of Sarcasm

    Ep. 13 - Tertullian and the Theology of Sarcasm

    Sarcastic, bombastic, and brilliant, Tertullian of Carthage may be the most entertaining of the Church Fathers. He also did more than anyone else to launch theology in the Latin language. His life and his work were provocations to his opponents—who included many pagans and more than a few Christians. Learn about him (and the fascinating world of early North African Christianity) in this episode.
    Links
    Tertullian, Apology
    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1662

    More works by the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/
    Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com
    Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of http://www.ccwatershed.org.
     

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    Ep. 12 - Minucius Felix and the Great Novel of Antiquity

    Ep. 12 - Minucius Felix and the Great Novel of Antiquity

    Marcus Minucius Felix is one of the greatest writers you never heard of. His “Octavius,” written in the late second century, is a work of fictionalized memoir set in the resort town of Ostia. Three friends go to the beach, and in a day of walks and conversation one of them leads another to conversion. It is the most deeply human study we have of the  early Christians, describing the feel of the ocean breezes and the sand between their toes — and the best arguments for believing.
    Links
    The Octavius by Minucius Felix https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=1688
    More works by the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/
    Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com
    Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of http://www.ccwatershed.org.
     

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Customer Reviews

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38 Ratings

archpriest George (OCA) ,

Thank you !

Great Podcast!

Thank you so much for doing it, dear Mike!

Sincerely,

mamaStrix ,

Absolutely fantastic!

I am so thankful for Mike’s dedication to the Church Fathers! I enjoy his books, and have heard his longer (4 hour) talk in formed, and this podcast is just as enjoyable!

Clparker0 ,

Superb

Mike Aquilina is simply one of the best if not the best historian on the early Church. Listen to this podcast and read his books!

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