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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume IV: Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Part Fourth; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen, Parts First and Second.

The Early Church Fathers is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical and theological writings available in English to the student of the Christian Church. These documents provide the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era.

The Catholic edition of Early Church Fathers does not include the introductions, prolegomenae, and various interpretive comments made by the protestant editors of the Edinburgh edition. However, it retains all of the footnotes found in the printed editions.

Contents of Ante-Nicene Fathers IV


On the Pallium

On the Apparel of Women

On the Veiling of Virgins

To His Wife

On Exhortation to Chastity

On Monogamy

On Modesty

On Fasting in Opposition to the Psychics

De Fuga in Persecutione

Spurious Works

A Strain of Jonah the Prophet

A Strain of Sodom


A Strain of the Judgment of the Lord

Five Books in Reply to Marcion

Minucius Felix

The Octavius of Minucius Felix


The Instructions of Commodianus in Favour of Christian Discipline


Prologue of Rufinus

De Principiis (Περὶ Ἀρχῶν - First Principles)

A Letter to Origen from Africanus about the History of Susanna

A Letter from Origen to Africanus

A Letter from Origen to Gregory

Origen against Celsus

Author Bios


Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicised as Tertullian (c. 160–c. 220 AD), was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. He is the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature. He also was a notable early Christian apologist and a polemicist against heresy. Tertullian has been called “the father of Latin Christianity” and “the founder of Western theology.

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Origen of Alexandria

Origen of Alexandria

Origen of Alexandria (ca. 182–ca. 251) was a Christian scholar and presbyter in the third century. He is thought to have been born at Alexandria, and died at Caesarea.

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