Useful Web Resources

Online Libraries for Primary Sources

Christian Classics Ethereal Library:

A massive repository of classic Christian writings, including the Early Church Fathers series:; other writings from Church fathers not in the series can be found at:

Early Christian Writings:

Early Christian Writings is the most complete collection of documents from the first two centuries with translations and commentary. Includes the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, and Church Fathers.

Other sites for full-text primary sources:

The Latin Library Christian sources:

Two Thousand Years of Catholic Writings:

Internet Medieval Sourcebook:

A helpful online reference is the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Online Articles, Videos and Images

Please click on the tabs below, to navigate.

Chapter 1 - The Pre-History of Christian Thought


Philo of Alexandria:



Alexander the Great:

Caesar Augustus:

Hebrew/Jewish history

Articles: (brief history) (online book related to the Biblical history of Israel)

Videos: – 4 part series – series on the History of Hebrew language – animated map of empires in the Middle East

Greek History

Articles: (political thought of ancient Greece and Rome)

Videos: – series of lectures on Ancient Greece, Prof. Donald Kagan, Yale University – Alexander the Great – Alexander the Great


Articles: (don’t let the “wikispaces” fool you…this is a journal article which gives a slightly more secular opinion of the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire)

Videos: (animated map of the Roman Empire over time) (documentary on Rome from History Channel—9 part series) (5 part series on history of Rome)

Chapter 2 - Jesus of Nazareth

Articles: (writings of William Lane Craig on the Historical Jesus) (Catholic understanding of the teachings of Jesus)

Videos: (debate on the resurrection between William Lane Craig and Shabir Ally)  (“In Search of the Historical Jesus”—lengthy lecture on the scholarship devoted to finding out about the real Jesus)


Christ Pantocrater:

John Dominic Crossan, co-founder of Jesus Seminar:

N. T. Wright: