The Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch

The Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch

The Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch

The Epistles of St. Clement of Rome and St. Ignatius of Antioch

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The present volume marks the inauguration of ANCIENT CHRISTIAN WRITERS. This series addresses itself to all who remain conscious of a most precious ancient heritage, the works of the Fathers; and it purposes to make these works available in a new English translation that is at once faithful to the original message and intelligible to the reader of our century.

That there is need of such a new collection of translations should be evident. On the Catholic side we have been entirely without one for much too long.So far back as 1941 the editors on their walks through the Maryland fields and woods discussed this situation and determined to devote every effort to its correction.Plainly, though, their first efforts needed to be given to the enlistment of collaborators, of a corps of scholars in whom there would be certain warranty that the great task of translating the patristic literature would be done competently. The task of engaging a responsible publisher was an easier one: Mr.William Eckenrode, Director of Newman Bookshop, Westminster, Maryland, responded most generously and enthusiastically.But to the great satisfaction of the editors the invitations to their colleagues throughout the English-speaking world also was heartily received.Acceptances came in great number from scholars in America, England, Ireland, and Australia, from men who are specialists in the wide patristic field and are now engaged in translating.

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