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The second volume of Fouard’s treatment of the Apostolic Age, fully edited with over 1300 linked footnotes.The Abbe Constant Fouard (1837 - 1903) was a French ecclesiastical writer, born at Elbeuf, near Rouen. His early life was a preparation for theMoreThe second volume of Fouard’s treatment of the Apostolic Age, fully edited with over 1300 linked footnotes.The Abbe Constant Fouard (1837 - 1903) was a French ecclesiastical writer, born at Elbeuf, near Rouen. His early life was a preparation for the work on which his fame rests. He studied the classics, philosophy, and made his theological studies at St-Sulpice, Paris (1857-61). He was ordained priest in 1861 and entered the Solitude, the novitiate of the Sulpicians, but left on account of illness after several months without joining the society. He taught for some time at Boisguillaume, then pursued the study of classics at the college of Saint Barbara, Paris, obtained the degree of Licentiate in Letters, 1867, and resumed the teaching of classics at Boisguillaume, taking the class of rhetoric, 1867-1876. His piety drawing him to sacred sciences, he was appointed by the State (1876) to the chair of Holy Scripture in the faculty of theology at Rouen.He was made doctor of theology (1877), canon of the cathedral of Rouen (1884) and member of the Biblical Commission (1903). His ecclesiastical science, his piety, his spiritual wisdom were continually at the service of religion in his native diocese. For the benefit of his studies he travelled in Palestine, Syria, Greece, and Italy. The Faculty of Theology being suppressed about 1884, his teaching ceased.To quote the late Warren H. Carroll, (founder of Christendom College in Virginia and author of the six-volume The History of Christendom [1985-2005].) This old book  and its companion volumes [St. Peter and the First Years of Christianity (NY 1892)- The Last Years of St. Paul (NY 1900)- St. John and the Close of the Apostolic Age (NY 1905)] stand, in this writers opinion, as the best single treatment, [from an Orthodox Catholic viewpoint,] of the history of the Apostolic Age available in English. Their use of fact and argument in dealing with the often obscure and controverted events of this vitally important period is superb.All of Fouards books, together with The Christ, the Son of God (1880), form part of one grand work, Les Origines de lEglise, which he wrote as an answer to the presentation of the same subject, from the rationalist viewpoint, by Ernest Renan.