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June 01, 2018
Marcionites Then and Now
Fellow Patheos blogger Tom Hobson, a Presbyterian pastor with a doctorate from Concordia Seminary, has...
May 31, 2018
Communal Reading in the Ancient World & the Early Church
In the ancient world, people read out loud, even when they were by themselves. Thus,...
April 20, 2018
An Ancient Description of the Early Christians
An article at Aleteia entitled This is How Christians Lived in the 2nd Century by...
March 30, 2018
The First Image of Christ on the Cross: The Staurogram
Just as some liberal Bible scholars have claimed that belief in Christ's divinity "evolved" over...
March 21, 2018
“Only Let Me Get to Jesus Christ!”
In his sermon last Sunday, here in Australia, Pastor Pfeiffer quoted some fascinating words from...
March 14, 2018
Why The Protestant Bible Has Fewer Books than the Catholic Bible
If a Protestant Christians gets into a discussion with a Roman Catholic and brings up...
March 06, 2018
Extremely Early Testimonies to the Deity of Christ
The conventional wisdom among liberal theologians and higher critics of the Bible is that the...
October 26, 2017
Eyewitnesses to Jesus: The Testimony of Papias
Scot McKnight points us to a quotation from Papias, a first century Christian, who tells...
May 19, 2017
“The way of life” vs. “The way of death”
“I believe that as an abortion provider, I am doing God’s work.” So says Dr....
February 07, 2017
How “strange” it was that Rome became Christian
That a religion like Christianity converted Rome and its empire is a "historical anomaly," a...
February 22, 2016
A Copt responds, on their not being Monophysites
I recently posted about the Lutheran video tribute to the 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya,...
October 05, 2015
I stumbled upon this post from 2012 on The Old Jamestown Church, a "Classical Anglican"...
October 08, 2014
Resenting Christian compassion
Ross Douthat has a rather brilliant essay in which he considers whether the church is...
September 05, 2014
1,500 year-old confession of faith
Scholars have discovered a 1,500-year-old papyrus from ancient Egypt that contains a remarkable Christian confession,...
May 20, 2014
The pulpit as the Empty Tomb
Thanks to Darren Jones for pointing me to this post on how the Early Church...
April 21, 2014
The Eighth Day
There is a Creation. And there is also a New Creation. God created the universe...
March 05, 2014
Fasting for 40 days before Easter
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. There are those who claim that...
December 17, 2013
Sex and freedom in ancient Rome
Classical scholar Peter Brown has published in the New York Review of Books an excited...
April 19, 2013
Chrysostom predicts the 21st century
Thanks to Bob Miller for showing me this quotation from John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) from...
December 21, 2012
Christmas is NOT based on the feast of Sol Invictus
In another in his series on the historical roots of Christmas (see our post on...
November 14, 2012
How Christians can live in a non-Christian culture
Yesterday we discussed a post from my colleague Mark Mitchell: The Culture of Hospitality |...
August 10, 2012
The early church on abortion
Charles Pope, a Roman Catholic priest in Washington, D.C., is compiling a list of quotations...
March 31, 2011
The Christian equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Archaeologists have discovered some 70 little books with lead pages that may be...
March 09, 2011
The oldest church in the world
Lent is a good time for contemporary Christians to contemplate their solidarity with the Church...
November 12, 2010
How Christianity conquered pagan culture
Michael Craven recounts how Christianity won a culture war: The Roman world was brutal and...
December 18, 2009
Why Christmas is on December 25
Biblical Archaeology Review has a good scholarly discussion of why Christmas is celebrated on December...
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