In the teaching of the twelve Apostles (the Didache), we are instructed that, "There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways." From this it is evident that early followers of Jesus understood that before each person's life was a clear choice: follow the path of goodness or follow the path of evil. Characterized through various metaphors, this tension is conveyed in a number of early writings as a choice between life or death, light or darkness, even truth or deceit.
On the Two Ways offers various depictions of the two paths by featuring a selection of texts from across the centuries. Each documented rendition of the two ways is presented with a preceeding an introduction, to allow readers to see each motif in its historical and literary context, ultimately demonstrating that this choice remains one which continues to confront all Christians even today.
About the Popular Patristics Series The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.
Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.
Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
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