The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ


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This work first appeared in 1876. It went through several editions and printings, selling millions of copies in English and translations into major European languages. It is one of the most remarkable religious works that has appeared in any age or tongue.
In clear, simple and classic English, James Gibbons, at the time Bishop of Richmond, VA, and later, the Cardinal Archbishop of Baltimore, MD, the primary See in the United States, explains the faith of the One, Holy, Catholic an Apostolic Church, responding robustly to the arguments commonly urged against it, especially by our separated brethren—arguments that he met in the decades of crisscrossing Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia, as well as in his travels throughout the United States and Europe.
The book is undoubtedly a work of apologetics, but it is imbued with a fraternal spirit. It leaves no sting with the reader, whatever his convictions may be. As a concise explanation of the Church, her history, doctrines and mission, this work has stood the test of time, and is still considered a must-read.
This edition is based on the one of 1917, the last revised by the author, improved especially in the translations of the works of the Holy Fathers. To the author's notes, some 300 new ones are added, providing explanations and descriptions for names, places, and terms that may not be current in everyday discourse, all of which are fully referenced to Scripture and works mentioned.

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ISBN-13: 9781078711395
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/21/2018
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James Gibbons, 1834-1921, was the most influential American prelate of his time, during a period when the United States was still considered mission territory by the Holy See, and Europe was suffering social and political upheavals. He was consecrated Bishop and appointed the Apostolic Vicar for North Carolina at the age of 34, Archbishop of Baltimore at 43, and Cardinal at 51. He was only the second American to be elevated to the Sacred College, and the first to participate in a Papal Conclave.
The fourth child and first son of immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, he parlayed his keen intellect, winning personality, good nature and steadfast loyalty to the Church and her teachings to confirm a multitude of the faithful, and win thousands of souls to the one, true Faith.

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