Unity in the Early Church

Unity has been a central theme of Christianity ever since Christ began teaching His Disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Time and again, New Testament authors followed His example, addressing divisions in the body of Christ. Their disciples continued to do the same throughout the first and second centuries.

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Unity has been a central theme of Christianity ever since Christ began teaching His Disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Time and again, New Testament authors followed His example, addressing divisions in the body of Christ. Their disciples continued to do the same throughout the first and second centuries.

These disciples of the Disciples are collectively known as the Apostolic Fathers — apostolic because they date from the time of the apostles, fathers because they are the patriarchs of the church, the forefathers of the Christian communities that followed. With writings that repeatedly promoted peace, Scriptural insights, and eloquent pleas for unity that resound through the ages, we consider these writings to be a rich resource for the church today!