The Christian Classics Ethereal Liberay (CCEL) is a digital library which offers the service of free copies of various Christian scripture and writings of the Church Fathers. CCEL promotes their use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. CCEL is currently supported by Calvin College.

This website is very useful to Orthodox Christians since it contains the writings of the Church Fathers. While the Bible is extremely valuable as the written record of God's Revelation, it does not contain the full record of that Revelation in its entirety. To put things simply, John 21:25 states that "... there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." Many of these other things that our Lord did and said did not make it into the New Testament writings and remained oral Tradition. The Fathers, in many parts of their writings, greatly incorporated a lot of that oral Tradition into their writings as means to clarify and interpret the Bible or to present a teaching about the Holy Trinity etc. This is why the writings of the Church Fathers are very important to us as Orthodox Christians.

The Epistles of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch

The Epistle of Barnabas

Fragments of Papias


The Writings of St. Justin Martyr

The Writings of St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons

Against Heresies

The Shepherd of Hermas

First Book-Visions

Second Book-Commandments

Third Book-Similitudes

Tatian the Assyrian

Theophilus of Antioch


Clement of Alexandra

Fragments of Clemens Alexandrinus

Who is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved?

The Writings of Tertullian

The Writings of Minucius Felix and Origen

The Writings of Hippolytus and Cypiran

Gregory the Wonder-worker, Dyonisius, and Methodios