Henry Chadwick and ‘The Early Church’: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    This is my reading for this week…I’m wondering if we can get enough people doing likewise to do it here together…

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    A wonderful idea! I read it again this last week. Still a delight…

  3. Xenia says:

    I have a copy. I’ll read it along with you guys.

    (Back into lurk-mode for a few more weeks.)

  4. Xenia says:

    I notice I have a few bookmarks in my copy, at places where he talks about how the early Church was Bishop- Priest (elder) -Deacon organized. I remember arguing with some of you folks about this years ago.


  5. Duane Arnold says:


    “What goes round, comes round”…

  6. Xenia says:

    Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is on fire.

    Lord, have mercy.

  7. Jean says:

    I just picked up a copy through the blog article link. Reading it together would be fun, but I chose the free slow mail, so I might not receive mine for a week or 10 days.

  8. Duane Arnold says:


    I know… just there a few weeks ago… I’m heartsick.

  9. Duane Arnold says:


    I think you’ll enjoy the book…

  10. bob1 says:

    I’ll confess– I tried to read this book a couple times but got “bogged down”

    Thanks very much for your post Duane. I’m gonna try again!

  11. Duane Arnold says:


    My suggestion is to read one chapter at a time. Stop at the end of each to “absorb” what you’ve read. Reading in the early Church can be tough because you are barraged by names of people, movements, etc. If you take it in “bite sized” chunks, it is easier to digest. When I taught post-grad classes on Church history, I always insisted on my students reading one chapter at a time… the “past is a different country” as a wise man once said…

  12. bob1 says:

    Thank you, Duane. That’s great counsel. I think I was trying to cover too much ground.

  13. EricL says:

    This book is in the stack of to-be-read books on the bookshelf across from my writing chair.

    I will try to join in, but I can’t promise that I’ll keep up. I’m in the midst of my church’s school of ministry class and have a decent pile to read for that too. (We just completed Henri Nouwen’s “In the Name of Jesus”, which is a slim book that says volumes about leadership). Next up is a book by Andy Stanley. Quite a mix for this class.

    Add to that the novels I read and my writing projects and, well, I got my lengthy list of excuses in case I fail to keep up.

  14. Duane Arnold says:


    I’ll trade you the stack of books by my bed! ?
    BTW, which Andy Stanley book?

  15. EricL says:

    Duane, the Stanley book is Next Generation Leader. In combo with the two books we’re doing an in depth study through John’s letters, using Fee and Stuart’s How to Read the Bible as an assist.

  16. Duane Arnold says:


    Ah, just wondered… I had read a couple of his and had very mixed reactions.

  17. Duane Arnold says:


    Personal privilege… Today my dear mother is 92 years of age…

  18. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Great news on your mom’s birthday. May she have many more.

  19. Michael says:

    God bless her…I know she’s well cared for…

  20. EricL says:

    Duane, may her day be full of fond memories, both new and from the past, and not regrets for memories forgotten. And may she know that she is loved.

  21. Randy Davis says:

    It’s been years since I read a Henry Chadwick. I have a copy but it is where I can’t get to it. So I just bought a kindle version. If you decide to do a group reading and discussion, I am more than willing to participate.

  22. Sue says:

    Great idea! Pulling it off the shelf now, from my husband’s seminary days…I will start on it tonight after Good Friday service. Looking forward to hearing what others here have to say.

  23. Duane Arnold says:


    I’ll chat with Michael to see how we might facilitate this sort of reading group/discussion…

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