Pre-order, available October.
The earlier work by Rod Bennett, Four Witnesses:
The Early Church in Her Own Words, has become a
modern classic of apologetics and impacted the faith
of thousands of readers. Now, fans of that pageturning spiritual adventure will have a new chance
to go further up and in with four more of the earliest
Christian writers whose works have survived to our
Hermas was the contemporary of Clement of
Rome who acted as the first of what are now eight
witnesses, all told. Clement of Alexandria, second
in this volume, was a disciple of Irenaeus, our final
witness from the original book. Hippolytus and
Origen were both disciples of Clement of Alexandria.
So once again, the “chain of custody” for the teachings being passed on reaches backward into the age
of the Apostles, just as in the original volume. The
narrative in this second book concludes in the year
253 A.D.— still six decades before the conversion of
What did our witnesses have to say on the necessity of baptism? On “eternal security” and confessions to church elders? What about devotions to
Mary and her role in salvation history? All of these
hot-button topics, and many more, were addressed
by these four new witnesses during the decades following the passing of the Apostles, in an era when
the New Testament “contents page” was still a workin-progress.
Those for whom Four Witnesses was a watershed
will want to share this further testimony with friends
and family. Readers who found the original book to
be a moving chronicle of the Christian Church in the
full flower of her youth will be inspired once again.
The early Church is still no mystery. Thanks be to