Documents of the Christian Church by Henry Bettenson
This is an indispensable source book, “Bettenson Documents” has won for itself a world-wide reputation since it was first published in 1943. It is also fascinating reading, containing “the hard facts of many disputed questions, the ammunition for controversy, the corrective to loose thinking and idle speech.” The only difference between this edition and the 2nd Edition is increased Christian history through the beginning of the Ecumenical Movement which is not covered by this course. (Not all copies of this have a dust jacket.)
While the reading requirements are small from this book, the professor believed it to be important for each student to get some appreciation of the original early church documents by reading them directly so as to better understand their content. Additional recommended readings are also provided in the syllabus, some of which are also in this book. If you prefer some of the later information in modern times, you might want to get the second edition below. We felt the latest edition entirely too expensive for the reading requirements and irrelevant since it pertains to such things as the Second Vatican Council and such.