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41- To the Ends of the Earth
January 23, 2018 07:40 PM PST

In this episode we look back at the expansion and geographical distribution of Christianity in the first three centuries...

40 - The First Three Centuries
December 23, 2017 09:52 AM PST

Hi Folks,
I need your help. More specifically listener questions. Once we reach the end of the third century, we’re going to take an extended break from the narrative and focus on key topics related to the first three centuries of the early Church. Here’s a list of what will be covered:

1. Geographic Spread of Christianity up to c. 300 A.D.
2. Scriptures, Canons, and Interpretations
3. The Trinity and Christology
4. Salvation and Anthropology
5. Afterlife, Endtimes, and the Spiritual Realm
6. Christian Life and Practice
7. Orthodoxy and Heresy
8. Early Church and Judaism
9. Christianity and Greco-Roman Society
10. Q&A episode

Please send me, via email, comment, or PM, any questions you have related to the show. Feel free to ask me just about anything and I’ll try to incorporate your questions into my research. If your question doesn’t get covered in one of the topical episodes, I’ll be sure to include it in the Q&A episode at the end.
Please keep in mind that these episodes will take me longer to research and produce.
Thanks again for all your support!

39- Eusebius and his Contemporaries
November 29, 2017 07:44 PM PST

We conclude the third century by looking at the father of Church history and the luminaries of his day...

38- The First Monk of the World
November 09, 2017 02:17 PM PST

We introduce Christian monasticism into our narrative, by looking at the so-called first monk, Antony of Egypt...

37- East of the Euphrates
October 25, 2017 07:30 PM PDT

We look at the early Church of the East and its world in the lands of Mesopotamia and Persia...

36- Zenobia's Bishop
October 02, 2017 09:02 PM PDT

Despite newfound peace, in the 260s A.D., theological controversies sprang up in the Great Church. First between Rome and Alexandria, and then around the infamous bishop of Antioch, Paul of Samosata. A series of events which would eventually culminate in the first intervention of a Roman emperor in Church affairs...

35- The Little Peace of the Church
September 17, 2017 09:06 PM PDT

In 260 A.D. the Roman Emperor Gallienus recognized Christianity as a lawful religion, ushering in a forty year period of unprecedented peace and prosperity for the Church.

34- The Valerian Persecution
September 14, 2016 09:46 PM PDT

In 257 A.D., the Roman Emperor Valerian launched the second empire-wide persecution of Christianity...

33- The Baptismal Controversy
September 05, 2016 06:00 PM PDT

Cyprian of Carthage became engulfed in a controversy with Stephen of Rome, over the validity of heretical baptism, which nearly tore the Christian Church in half...

32- The Upshots of Exile
August 11, 2016 07:10 PM PDT

In this episode, we cover the events following the Decian Persecution in the eastern Churches

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