I have read many books about the early church and especially about the time of the emperor Constantine. I have read many accounts of the council of Nicea and the subsequent council of Constantinople. I knew about Athanasius, Anthony, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus and Basil the Great. I knew about the Arian controversy and the upheaval it caused in the Church. I knew all of this so when I picked up this book I just thought it will be a similar treatment of the historical data, not much to be excited about if you already know the story.
This book is excellent. It reads like a novel. It places you right in the middle of this great drama. You meet the characters on both sides of the debate. Even though you know how it ends the way this book is written, the reader is held in constant suspense.
For those who don’t know the story of our Church, and don’t know how close it came to dying out in the fourth century this is a must read. It will forever change the way you look at these great Church Fathers. How much debt we own them. St Athanasius is forever my hero now.
Rob Bennet has done a great job putting the myth of apostasy from true Christianity to death. There was no apostasy. The Church of the Apostles is the same as the Church of the Early Fathers which is the same as the Church of St. Athanasius which is the same as the Catholic Church, to say anything else is to completely ignore the entire history of Christianity.
Do yourself a favour and pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.