Thank you very much!
I try to send an individual thank you back by e-mail as I am alerted to the donation, but recently someone sent me a note which gave me to believe that my own thanks had been perhaps caught in his spam filter. So, just in case you didn’t hear back from me, I am deeply grateful and you might double check your spam folders or filters.
Also, a kind soul picked something out for me from my Amazon wish list. This is a very good and useful book by Hubertus R. Drobner, The Fathers of the Church: a comprehensive introduction.
Fr. Drobner, who teaches at Paderborn and my own school the Augustinianum is one of the best working patristicists out there. This book would be of some value in the classroom, certainly, but also for those who want to put their toes in. It isn’t a full manual (it isn’t complete for scientific purposes), but it is not a text book for student either (it is not very engaging just to sit and read). It tries to be both manual and textbook, perhaps. But there is no question that it is useful. It would be a nice start for someone who has no strict obligation to study theology, but wants a reference for information about the important Fathers that doesn’t get into the depth of a full patristic manual.
Thanks, CJ of MS for sending me that book!