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Year 2 Calendar Posted

We’re gearing up for the start of year 1 of our reading cycle in a little over a week, but we’re ready with the year 2 schedule already, which we’ve posted to the calendar page. With a little numerological ingenuity, the second year ends the Ante-Nicene Fathers down to the page. Special thanks (again) to Amy Cavendar for converting the year 2 schedule into a Google calendar that you can subscribe to.

Here are the fathers that you can look forward to in the second year:

  • Cyprian
  • Novatian
  • Gregory Thaumaturgus
  • Dionysius of Alexandria
  • Archelaus the Bishop
  • Methodius of Olypus
  • Arnobius
  • Lactantius
  • Victorinus
  • The Didache
  • The Apostolic Constitutions
  • Pseudo-Clement
  • Tatian
  • Origen
  • and a number of minor fathers

Why Do *You* Want to Read the Fathers?

A number of people have written to us to say that they are planning to read the church fathers. We’ve asked a few of them to write a brief (or not so brief) blog post explaining why they plan to join the reading group. We assume the reasons are as varied as readers.

If you would like to explain why you plan to read, please send us a note and we’ll be glad to consider your post. The post can be as short as 100 words, or whatever length suits you.

We’ll run the first post from one of our readers on Monday. We hope to hear from you.

Read the Fathers Now Available on Facebook

Read the Fathers now has its own Facebook page. All blog posts and daily readings will appear on the page, and visitors are encouraged to comment and discuss the readings there. If you would like to show your support for the project, or signal your participation in the upcoming reading cycle, please head over to Facebook to subscribe to Read the Fathers.

In addition to Facebook, you can follow Read the Fathers on Twitter or subscribe directly to the calendar of readings on Google Calendar and iCal.

Google Calendar for Read the Fathers Now Available

Thanks to the labors of Amy Cavender (@acavender), we now have a Google Calendar available with the reading schedule for the first year. You can subscribe to the Google Calendar directly, or you can import the iCal version into programs like Apple’s iCal, Microsoft’s Outlook, or other calendar programs.

Thanks, Amy!

Year 1 Calendar Posted

Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr (100–165), apologist. Engraving from Les vrais pourtraits et vies des hommes illustres grecz, latins et payens (1584).

We have posted the finished calendar for the first year of reading the fathers. We’ve listed the readings for each day, both with a citation that can be used in any edition (e.g., Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, ch. 1–12) and with the page numbers in Ante-Nicene Fathers (e.g., ANF 1:194–200).

In first year we will read fathers from the first three centuries of the church, including the Apostolic Fathers. Here is the list of authors:

  • Clement of Rome
  • Polycarp
  • Ignatius of Antioch (and Pseudo-Ignatius)
  • Papias
  • Justin Martyr
  • Irenaeus
  • Hermas
  • Tatian the Assyrian
  • Theophilus of Antioch
  • Athenagoras the Athenian
  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Tertullian
  • Minucius Felix
  • Commodianus
  • Origen
  • Hippolytus

We were especially concerned in planning for this first year that we maintain the seven-pages-per-day pace, while still reading enough to make it through the entire set of fathers in seven years. I happy to say that our calculations show that both of those will happen. The average daily page count is about seven pages, and the total number of pages read is exactly one-seventh of the page count for the entire series.

If you’d like to look over the calendar, please let us know if you find any corrections. We begin December 2, 2012!

☛ Reading Calendar 

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