In this video, we take a look at the Church of the third century, learning about the rise of Christian scholars like Origen Adamantius in Alexandria, Egypt, the terrible persecutions of Christians under Roman emperors like Decius, and the rise of Christian monasticism in the Egyptian deserts, largely thanks to the devotion of one man: St. Anthony the Great.
"Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew" - Bart D. Ehrman
"Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It Into the New Testament" - Bart D. Ehrman
"From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries & Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith" - L. Michael White
"Heretics for Armchair Theologians" - Justo L. González & Catherine Gunsalus González
"The Story of Christianity: An Illustrated History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith" - David Bentley Hart
"Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol iii: Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian; I. Apologetic, II. Anti-Marcion, III. Ethical"
"Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol iv: The Fathers of the Third Century; Tertullian IV. More Ethical Writings, Minucius Felix, Commodian, Origen"
"Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol v: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian"
"Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol vi: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, Julius Africanus, Anatolius and Minor Writers, Methodius, Arnobius"
"Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol ix: Gospel of Peter, Diatessaron, Testament of Abraham, Epistles of Clement, Origen, Miscellaneous Works"
"History of the Church" - Eusebius of Caesarea, translated by G.A. Williamson
"From Memory to History: Using Oral Sources in Local Historical Research" - Barbara Allen & Lynwood Montell
"Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations" - Martin Goodman
"Early Christian Doctrines" - J.N.D. Kelly
"The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation" - Justo L. González
"How We Got the Bible" - Neil R. Lightfoot
"The Faith of the Early Fathers, volume 1" - William A. Jurgens (ed)
"Whose Bible Is It? A Short History of the Scriptures" - Jaroslav Pelikan
"The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine; Volume 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition" - Jaroslav Pelikan
"Early Christian Attitudes Toward Images" - Steven Bigham
"The Nag Hammadi Library" - James M. Robinson (ed)
"The Inner Kingdom: Collected Works, vol i" - Metropolitan Kallistos Ware
Suggested Primary Sources:
"History of the Church" - Eusebius
"Life of St. Anthony the Great" - St. Athanasius of Alexandria
Pistis Sophia (Gnostic)
"Refutation of All Heresies" - St. Hippolytus of Rome
"De Lapsis" - St. Cyprian of Carthage
"De Unitate Ecclesiae" - St. Cyprian of Carthage
"Concerning the Trinity" - Novatian
"Declaration of Faith" - St. Gregory Thaumaturgus
"Against the Sabellians" - St. Dionysius
various writings of Tertullian of Carthage and Origen Adamantius