A Quick and Easy Guide to the Apostolic Fathers


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To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I have started teaching an adult Sunday School series on Church History. There’s a wealth of wisdom to be learned from the early church, but it can be pretty daunting to the uninitiated! I’ve tried to make things a little more accessible to my congregation by summarizing the Apostolic Fathers—the generation of Christian leaders immediately following the Apostles in the early second century AD. For those of you who are better acquainted with the early church than I am, please let me know if I’m leaving out anything important, or if my facts are off!

Clement of Rome (c. 35-99 AD): Possibly mentioned by Paul in Philippians 4:3. Considered by Roman Catholics as the fourth Pope, after Peter, Linus, and Anacletus.

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