Friday’s Favorite Five: Ancient Christian Authors

Hey y’all!

So, in this post I was going to do a list of my favorite authors who lived more than 100 years ago.

But when I sat down to make the list…

I had a bunch of authors leftover that I love who are in the modern Christian author group…

So…

This list is going to have modern and ancient Christian authors…

…And there are going to be more than five…

But….ssshhh….don’t tell anyone…

Enjoy!

#5 J. Gresham Machen
His book Christianity and Liberalism is one that I would definitely recommend for all to read. He was a Professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary, and much of his wisdom and knowledge is conveyed in this book.

J. Gresham Machen

#4 Francis A. Schaeffer
Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture is an extremely influential and powerful work – and again a very highly suggested read.

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#3 Martin Luther
Okay, so I am Presbyterian, but hey! Luther is an awesome author, so here you go. He was one of the first Christian authors whose work I read in great depth. Luther’s Bondage of the Will is perhaps one of my all-time favorites (and that’s big). Also, if you only want selections of his writings, I suggest Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings (written by Martin Luther and edited by John Dillenberger) as a starting point (I found it really encouraging to start small).

Martin Luther

#2 G. K. Chesterton
So, I have only read Chesterton’s Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Francis of Assisi, but I have read excerpts from his Father Brown series, and I really enjoyed his writing style and his overall writing expertise. You will definitely not be disappointed if you pick up one of his books.

G. K. Chesterton

#1 Athanasius, Augustine, & Thomas Aquinas
I tried…I really did…but oh well…I regret nothing…

Here is the ultimate AAA for y’all…

So, Athanasius of Alexandria. I absolutely loved his small book On the Incarnation. I found it extremely enlightening and just a wonderful read overall as he discussed the deeper issues concerning the incarnation of Christ.
Next, we have Augustine of Hippo. I adored his Confessions, which is perhaps the most honest, candid, vulnerable, and beautiful autobiography that I have ever read. Also, I absolutely loved The City of God.
Finally, we have Thomas Aquinas. Y’all if you want the most logical, reasoned approach to the existence of God and the truth of Scripture, you need to read Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. Now, the entire Summa Theologica consists of five volumes. I have only read the first volume. It is one of my goals to read Summa in its entirety, so if you get a chance to read the first volume, don’t stop! You will have uncovered a real treasure. Dive in with a cup of tea and you’re likely to never return to reality – or perhaps you will, but I can promise you that you will not be the same.

That’s all for tonight folks! I hope you enjoyed these suggestions, and I pray that you will read at least some of them and find comfort and wisdom beyond measure in each.

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Which of these authors’ books have you read?
Which are your favorite books/authors?

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