The Author

Bryan Litfin taught theology and church history for 16 years at Moody Bible Institute and is now an editor at Moody Publishers. He has a ThM in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD in ancient Christianity from the University of Virginia, and is author of several books, including  Early Christian Martyr Stories (Baker Academic) and Getting to Know the Church Fathers (Baker Academic). He and his wife have two children and live in Wheaton, Illinois. You can follow him at

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