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The Holy Fire: The Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church

Robert Payne

This powerful overview of the theological and spiritual developments of the Eastern Christian Church renders the church fathers as flesh and blood servants of Jesus Christ, engaged with the all-consuming fire of grace. Robert Payne explores the lives and writings of ten monumental personages through whose hands passed the spiritual and temporal reins of their world: Clement of Alexandria, Athanasius, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Nazianzen, John Chrysostom, Dionysius the Areopagite, John Damascene, Gregory Palamas and even Origen - a prolific, influential teacher, though denied a place among the 'Fathers' by the Eastern Church.

303 pages