St. Gregory the Great’s Bath-house Ghost

The Mass of St Gregory, by Robert Campin, 15th century

Okay, one more story from a Church Father before the weekend. This is one of the more famous tales, and it comes from Pope St. Gregory the Great’s marvelously entertaining grab bag of useful stuff, the Dialogues. This is an example of the way the Church used ghost stories to prove the benefit of the [Read More...]

Tertullian’s Deceiving Devils [Ghosts and the Church]

Pacher: St. Wolfgang and the Devil

In De anima, Tertullian acknowledges the extensive literature about ghosts, but rejects it as a “fraud.” He has specific pagan lore in mind: the idea that some could “call back from Hades the souls of those who are sleeping out their destined time, those who died through violence and those deprived of burial.” His explanation [Read More...]

Ghostly Visions in the Early Church

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The early church fathers were acquainted with ghosts and ghostly visions, as the previous entries on ghosts in Old and New Testaments make clear. Two notable examples of ghosts in the literature of the early church show how they tended to function and be regarded. It’s important at this point to note that visions of [Read More...]

Ancient Christian Text “Charm” Found

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A 1500 year old fragment of papyrus was discovered University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library. One side is a piece of “scrap paper”: a receipt for payment of a grain tax. On the other side of the receipt someone had written Biblical passages from the Psalms and Matthew, including a passage from the last supper. The paper [Read More...]

The Tunics of St. Ambrose

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The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, first consecrated in 379, was built by St. Ambrose at a site where Christians had been executed. For at least a thousand years (and almost certainly longer) the church has held several silk tunics which tradition associates with the great saint and Father. Now, a team of archaeologists from [Read More...]

Real Satanists Don’t Send Press Releases

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I really hate writing about the so-called Satanic Temple because that’s what they want us to do, and that’s really all they want us to do. It’s nothing more than a PR stunt factory. The modern so-called Satanists who make all the noise are not really Satanists. They don’t actually believe in Satan. Most are [Read More...]

A Light Hidden in a Cave

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The soul is a breath of God, and has suffered a mixture of heavenly and earthly, a light hidden in a cave, but, all the same, divine and imperishable. –Gregory of Naziansus– The soul is the light of God, Who sparks matter into Being within each individual. In his Theological Poems (1.1.8, De Anima), Gregory [Read More...]

Ancient Fragment of Work By Justin Martyr is 1,000 Years Older Than Any Other Version

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I’ve written about the Oxyrhynchus dump before, and this cache of ancient manuscripts and fragments just keeps giving up the goods. The latest treasure to be identified is a manuscript of a work by Justin Martyr:  In the latest issue of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri series (LXXVIII, Egyptian Exploration Society, 2012), W. B. Henry offers an [Read More...]


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