Villians of the Early Church – Off the Shelf 100 with Mike Aquilina

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Off the Shelf 100 – Mike Aquilina

This week we celebrate the 100th episode of Off the Shelf. To do so we have guest Mike Aquilina who was my first written author interview in 2013. We chat about his most recent book Villains of the Church: And How They Made Us Better Christians. Sound ominous doesn’t it? Trust me, its  a great read and we will cover some of these characters from Judas to the no-so-obvious Origen. Listen in and learn how even the bad guys were of benefit to our Church. 

From the publisher Emmaus Road Publishing

The early Church faced its share of villains—persecutors like Nero and Julian, heretics like Marcion and Arius. And what good were they? Plenty, say the Church Fathers. The threat of persecution made Christians strong and bold.

As noted author Mike Aquilina demonstrates in Villains of the Early Church: And How They Made Us Better Christians, the menace of heresy made Christians smarter — and deepened their knowledge of the divine mysteries. The villains of the ancient world proved the mettle of heroes like Peter and Paul, Irenaeus and Athanasius. Treachery and adversity inspired the Fathers’ clearest teaching, most entertaining invective, and more than a few memorable jokes.

The time of villains—and heroes—is hardly over. Through Villains of the Early Church, you’ll learn how you can keep your good humor through trials and opposition, and all the while grow sharper in doctrine and warmer in devotion.


Mike Aquilina is the author of many books about the early Church, including The Fathers of the ChurchThe Mass of the Early ChristiansThe Healing Imperative, and How the Choir Converted the World. He is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor to Angelus News. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic. He has hosted eleven series on EWTN and two documentary films, and he appears weekly on “The Sonrise Morning Show.”

Where to find

Villains of the Church: And How They Made Us Better Christians is available for pre-order from the publisher.

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