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Michel Pauw | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jul 4 2020 4:18 PM

What is the difference between the Ante-Nicene Fathers series and the Ante-Nicene Fathers Catholic Edition series?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 4 2020 4:28 PM

The Catholic edition omits the rabidly anti-Catholic notes, thereby protecting the translators and editors from being embarrassed by their ignorance and bigotry. Or one could say, omits what is inessential to understanding the text itself.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 4 2020 4:30 PM

The Catholic Edition has the Anti-Roman Catholic notes from the 19th century edition removed.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 4 2020 5:37 PM

MJ. Smith:

The Catholic edition omits the rabidly anti-Catholic notes, thereby protecting the translators and editors from being embarrassed by their ignorance and bigotry. Or one could say, omits what is inessential to understanding the text itself.

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Michel Pauw | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 5 2020 4:05 AM

That's helpful to know! So it's merely the text itself, rather than annotated. Or does the Catholic edition also give its own (catholic) notes?

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 5 2020 5:11 AM

Hi Michel:

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I'm not sure about the availability of individual volumes, but if you purchase either edition of the 37-volume Early Church Fathers superset, you get the other edition at no cost. When you have both editions in your library, then links in other resources to either one will function.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 5 2020 7:52 AM

Michel Pauw:

That's helpful to know! So it's merely the text itself, rather than annotated. Or does the Catholic edition also give its own (catholic) notes?

The Protestant version inserts introductions and “Excursus”. I think they were added by the American editors in the 19th and early 20th century. They try to argue for a Protestant interpretation of the Patristic texts—often in a viciously polemic way—and were not in the original British edition. The Catholic editions simply remove the additions.

If you have one, you can get the other for free. It sometimes comes in handy to have both, as some books link to the page number of the Protestant version instead of the passage in the volume.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 5 2020 1:09 PM

Michel Pauw:
Or does the Catholic edition also give its own (catholic) notes?

It does not.

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