The Book of Christian Classics

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For two thousand years, Christianity has informed and inspired a multitude of great writers. The relationship between the Catholic faith and literature is a profound and even necessary one, for it is the Word Incarnate Who is the Creator of all things and the object of our worship. Christ is the fullness of God's revelation of Himself to man, the centre of human history, tenens medium in omnibus. It is He, therefore, Who lies at the centre of that tradition of literary endeavour which is presented here.

Like the "scribe of the kingdom...who bringeth forth from his treasure new things and old" (Matt. 13:52), this anthology brings together in one volume a selection of some of the best of Christian devotional writing, spanning two millennia from the Fathers of the Church to the early twentieth century.

Contains excerpts from classics such as the Confessions of St. Augustine, the Little Flowers of St. Francis, Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, The Imitation of Christ, the Spiritual Combat and much more.

Please note, there are some excerpts from non-Catholic English religious writers in the sections English poetry and English mysticism and divinity. The editor of this omnibus states: "In these all shades of thought and experience are represented, though the tradition outlined is in a sense Catholic rather than Protestant".

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Austin Press; 2nd Edition edition (1 Jan. 2001)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901157215