Corrupting Lies: The Donation of Constantine
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
1w ago
c. 750 ADThis episode will find us in the recesses of the Medieval Era, learning something about a church so desperate for power that it told one of history's greatest lies to get it. The Roman church's forgery known as "The Donation of Constantine" was used for 700 years to legitimize the temporal powers of the church in Rome. Once proven to be a lie, it was quickly put to the side. But the damage had been done and Rome had stolen its corrupting power. With such power, no internal mechanism for reform or balance could ever be introduced. The text we are using is found at the following link:ht ..read more
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Martyrdom: Perpetua and Felicitas
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
1M ago
203 AD.This episode will find us in Carthage in the early 3rd century alongside some of our most laudable sisters in the faith. Two young mothers and catechumens face the ultimate test for a Christian. And is not their testimony one of deep challenge to those of us in our day?The text in which their story is told is found at the following link:https://earlychristianwritings.com/text/tertullian24.htmlLivestreamed most Wednesdays 6:30pm EST at youtube.com/@churchhistoryandtheology ..read more
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A Letter from the Early Church
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
1M ago
100s AD.The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus is one of my favorite artifacts from the early church. Its author is unknown to us but thankfully, due to a single manuscript, we have the full text of this marvelous letter. In it we get a glimpse of a Christian's defense of Christian theology, description of their lifestyle, and a snapshot of issues of their day. Join in! We won't be reading it in its entirety but will be covering most of it. We are using Roberts-Donaldson's translation, and it can be found at this link:https://earlychristianwritings.com/text/diognetus-roberts.html ..read more
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Unam Sanctam: Power and Its Corrupting Nature - Deep Dive #10
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
1M ago
1302 AD. Pope Boniface VIII continues to develop and clarify the sweeping reforms (largely promulgated by his great-uncle, Pope Gregory IX) of the temporal power of the Roman church by issuing his papal bull: Unam Sanctam. "The One Holy [Church]"Tonight we will go through the text and discuss its situation in the late 13th/early 14th century. A translation can be found at this link:https://www.papalencyclicals.net/bon08/b8unam.htm ..read more
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The Biblical Case for Studying Church History - Deep Dive #9
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
2M ago
Grab your Bibles. Let's get into this ..read more
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Deep Dive #8 Jan Huss' Treatise: "The Church"
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
2M ago
After last week's infamous silent stream of this lesson, we are back again. This time with audio!We are paying attention today to Jan (John) Huss' most influential treatise on the church. If you want a copy of this book, it was translated to English in 1915 and is available here: https://oll.libertyfund.org/title/schaff-the-church ..read more
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Deep Dive #6: Ignatius - Writings of Church History
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
4M ago
In this episode, we go back to the earliest part of the 2nd century (100s) to listen to the Bishop of Antioch writing to a church in Smyrna as well as his letter to that church's bishop, a man named Polycarp.These are only two of the seven letters Ignatius wrote on his trip to Rome to be martyred. They are worthy of our attention, as are the other five (another episode). If you want to follow along, here are the links to the translations (Roberts Donaldson) I am using:Epistle to the Smyrnaeans: http://earlychristianwritings.com/text/ignatius-smyrnaeans-roberts.htmlEpistle to Polycarp: http://e ..read more
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Deep Dive #5: The Heidelberg and Leipzig Disputations
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
4M ago
In this episode, we join Luther during the first years of the Reformation in order to grasp his developing arguments and thoughts on a variety of topics that go far beyond his first arguments against indulgences. Let's be a fly on the wall in Heidelberg (1518) and Leipzig (1519) and see what wisdom we can glean from all that went on in those early days of the Protestant Reformation ..read more
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Deep Dive #4: The Role of Peter in the Early Church
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
4M ago
Many have a view of the nature of the church that rests on the person of Peter. What can we know of his role in the early church from their own writings ..read more
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Deep Dive #3: The Didache - Writings of Church History
Church History and Theology
by Timothy Easley
5M ago
Today we will be discussing a work called the Didache. It is a 1st or 2nd century writing that gives us a glimpse into the habits of the early church in a specific area. If you want to read it for yourself, here is a link to it: http://earlychristianwritings.com/text/didache-roberts.html ..read more
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