Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Audio Church Fathers

Writings of the First Century, Apostolic Fathers

This list will be edited and added to as more audio sources are found. The summaries for the items are from the descriptions by the person who uploaded them.

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

  • First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians recorded Apr 12, 2008
    Librivox recording of The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians from the Roberts-Donaldson Version. Read by Sam Stinson . "First Clement is one of the oldest Christian documents outside the New Testament canon. The epistle was written by Clement, one of the elders of the church of Rome, to the church in Corinth, where it was read for centuries. Indeed, historians generally hold First Clement to be an authentic document dating from the first century. From the fifth century to the...
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 1 - The 1st Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians - Complete from Chapters 1 through 59 read by Peter-John Parisis, Sep 18, 2012
  • Ancient Church Fathers - Ante-Nicene Fathers - Volume 1 - The 1st Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians - Preface through Chapter 17 - uploaded by Peter-John Parisis, Dec 29, 2011

The Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

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The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

  • Letter to Diognetus recorded Nov 3, 2008
    The earliest known piece of Christian apologetics, famous for its beautiful description of the relationship of Christians with the world. "Mathetes" is probably a pseudonym; it just means 'disciple'. The writer is a bit odd, as he uses arguments from the Old Testament against Greek idolatry, and then criticizes Jewish customs as if he discounted the Old Testament's inspiration. He also exhibits a touch of Greek or Manichaean distrust of the material body. But his enthusiasm for Jesus...
  • The Epistle To Diognetus Read By Peter John Parisis, Oct 1, 2016

The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians

  • The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians  recorded Jun 24, 2008
    LibriVox recording of The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians, from Vol 1 of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, edited and translated by Alexander Roberts, D.D., and James Donaldson, LL.D. Read by Sam Stinson. Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians (often simply called To the Philippians) composed around 110 to 140 AD [1] is described by Irenaeus as follows: There is also a forceful epistle written by Polycarp to the Philippians, from which those who wish to do so, and are anxious about their salvation,...

The Encyclical Epistle of the Church at Smyrnam 
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Concerning the Martyrdom of the Holy Polycarp

  • The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, recorded  May 17, 2006
    A description by early Christians of the death of St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey), in about AD 155. Includes a classic explanation of why a martyr's remains were important, and relates martyrdom to the Eucharistic liturgy.

The Epistles of Ignatius

  • The Epistles of Ignatius  recorded Oct 18, 2008
    LibriVox recording of The Epistles of Ignatius, translated by J.B. Lightfoot. Read by Sam Stinson. Ignatius of Antioch penned these letters to churches (Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallians, Romans, Philadelphians, and Smyrnaeans) and Polycarp on his way to martyrdom. Ignatius was an apologist for the Episcopal style of church government (as opposed to sole rule by a council of presbyters) which developed in the late first or early second century. Eager to die in imitation of his Savior, it was...
  • The Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch recorded May 14, 2006
    On his way to martyrdom in Rome, Bishop Ignatius of Antioch (then in Syria; now Antakya, Turkey) wrote letters to the Church in several cities of the Empire. Seven of these letters survive. By the way, you'll notice that the good bishop is not shy about calling Jesus "God".

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

  • To The Ephesians– Shorter Version = Chapters 01 through 21 being read by Peter-John Parisis from The Writings of Apostolic Fathers translated by Dr. Roberts, Dr. Donaldson, and Rev. F. Crombie 1867, Aug 4, 2014

The Second Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians

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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans

  • The Epistle Of Ignatius To The Romans Read Mar 26, 2016 by Peter-John Parisis - Shorter Version - dated 1867 - Translated by Rev. Alexander Roberts, D.D., and James Donaldson, LL.D.
  • "The Epistle of St. Ignatius of Antioch to the Romans" Oct 11, 2005 Facing martyrdom -- okay, running toward it with open arms -- the old Syrian bishop, once a disciple of the Apostle John, still took time to write letters to the Christians in various cities. Here's the one he wrote to the Church in Rome.

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp

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The Third Epistle of Ignatius

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The Epistle of Barnabas 

  • The Epistle Of Barnabus - The Ancient Church Fathers recorded Jul 25, 2014
    Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 1 – Church Fathers - 21 Chapters The Epistle of Barnabas (Greek: Επιστολή Βαρνάβα, Hebrew: איגרת בארנבס‎) is a Greek epistle containing twenty-one chapters, preserved complete in the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus where it appears at the end of the New Testament. It is traditionally ascribed to Barnabas who is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, although some ascribe it to another Apostolic Father of the same...

Fragments of Papias 

  •  Fragments of Papias Read By Peter John Parisis Oct 17, 2016: Papias - he was a disciple of Jesus' disciples and wrote down everything he heard from them.  These are the only writings we have left of his.

The First Apology of Justin

  • The First Apology of Justin Martyr uploaded Oct 20, 2008 LibriVox recording of The First Apology of Justin Martyr , by Saint Justin Martyr. The purpose of the Apology is to prove to the emperors, renowned as upright and philosophical men, the injustice of the persecution of the Christians, who are the representatives of true philosophy … Christians are the true worshipers of God, the Creator of all things; they offer him the only sacrifices worthy of him, those of prayer and thanksgiving, and are taught by his Son, to whom they assign a place next... 

The Second Apology of Justin 

  • The Second Apology by St. Justin Martyr, uploaded Nov 12, 2009
    LibriVox recording of The Second Apology by St. Justin Martyr. Read by M. White. A defense of the Christian faith delivered by St. Justin Martyr to the Roman Senate in the second century AD (Summary by IWYLLPA) 

Dialogue of Justin with Trypho, a Jew

Readings from the literature podcast Dead White Guys:
  •  Episode #5 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 1 -4
  •  Episode #6 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 5 - 8
  •  Episode #7 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 9 - 12
  •  Episode #8 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 13 - 16
  •  Episode #9 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 17-20
  •  Episode #10 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 21-24
  •  Episode #11 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 25 - 28
  •  Episode #12 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 29 - 32
  •  Episode #13 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 33 - 36
  •  Episode #14 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 37 - 40
  •  Episode #15 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 41 - 44
  •  Episode #16 Dialogue of Justin Martyr with Trypho the Jew Chapters 45 - 48

Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin

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Fragments of the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection

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The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs

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Irenaeus Against Heresies

  • Against Heresies recorded May 21, 2010
    LibriVox recording of Against Heresies, by Irenaeus. St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, describes several schools of Gnosticism which were prevalent among pre-Nicene Christianity. He then refutes these beliefs as heresies by contrasting them with what he describes as catholic, orthodox Christianity. Against Heresies demonstrates that earliest Christianity was a fascinating and diverse plethora of beliefs, debates, and schisms. (Summary by JoeD) For further information, including links to online... 

Irenaeus Against Heresies Book I

  • Against Heresies (Book I)  recorded May 20, 2006
    The classic 2nd century study and analysis of Christian Gnosticism in all its extant variants, as collected both from Gnostic writings and discussions with Gnostic teachers (as well as ex-Gnostics). Since Irenaeus was studying Gnosticism to help others change Gnostics' minds, he strove for as much accuracy as possible in his account. And in fact, you will find that his account of Gnosticism tallies closely with that of the recently rediscovered Gnostic writings. 

Irenaeus Against Heresies Book II

  • Against Heresies (Book II)  recorded Jul 4, 2006
    Now that Irenaeus has given us a rundown on Gnostic teachers, beliefs, and practices, he moves to suggesting arguments against such beliefs. These arguments also provide an interesting look at theology in Irenaeus' day. 

Irenaeus Against Heresies Book III

  • Against Heresies (Book III) recorded Sep 12, 2006
    He's talked about why the Gnostics are wrong about God. Now it's time for Irenaeus to talk about what the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition of the Church have to say. .

Irenaeus Against Heresies Book IV

  • Against Heresies (Book IV) recorded Dec 6, 2006
    In this volume of Against Heresies , Irenaeus uses Jesus' statements quoted in the Gospel to argue against the Gnostics' interpretation of Jesus. He emphasizes the continuity of the Old Testament with the New, and the ways the Son made appearances or was foreshadowed in the Old Testament. (For some reason, none of my more recent audiobooks have been put into the Maria Lectrix section by the nice archive.org folks. .

Irenaeus Against Heresies Book V

  • Against Heresies (Book V) recorded Jun 27, 2007
    Against Heresies concludes with a volume on the meaning of Jesus' teachings and Paul's epistles, refuting the rather farfetched readings of the Gnostics. There's plenty of interesting information on the stuff that early Christians did believe, too! .

Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus

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The Didache

  • The Didache recorded May 30, 2008
    LibriVox recording of The Didache, from the Roberts-Donaldson translation. Read by Sam Stinson. The Didache is the common name of a brief early Christian treatise (dated by most scholars to the late first or early second century), containing instructions for Christian communities. The text, parts of which may have constituted the first written catechism, has three main sections dealing with Christian lessons, rituals such as baptism and eucharist, and Church organization. It was considered by...

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