Why are the early church fathers important?
There are many reasons the early church fathers are important to our faith. If we as Catholics claim to be the church started 2000 years ago we should be able to tell the church back then was Catholic. We should be able to show non Catholics, we are the true church and one way is showing them what the early church believed. It should be understood that Baptism ,Confession, the Transubstantiation of the Eucharist, infant baptism, apostolic succession were all believed by the early church fathers. You can't get around the fact the early church was Catholic. When I talk to non Catholics I tend to use the same arguments early church fathers posed to the people of their time. Even if your not Catholic you might reading their writings interesting. I think Catholics and non Catholics can learn from their writings. A lot of the early church fathers wrote a lot about the Trinity. The trinity is something all Christians believe in. They also wrote on The resurrection of Jesus. These are examples of things all Christians believe in, and we can learn how the early church father's defended these truths. These wise and brilliant men have taught me a lot from their writings. Some of the early church fathers died defending their faith. They should inspire us to share our faith no matter what the cost.
Taken from Pat McNamara (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3vNHWlo_xh4aN4k99eUhg)
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