The History of the Early Church
The Story of Christianity from 30 to 451 A.D.
56- The Palinode of Galerius
May 24, 2020 12:33 PM PDT
During the lull in persecution following the Conference of Carnuntum, the Meletian Schism breaks out in Egypt, while in Palestine controversy erupts over the theology of Origen of Alexandria. Nevertheless the Great Persecution is soon resumed as the Fifth Edict is issued in order to revitalize paganism and marginalize Christians from society. However, just as Galerius prepares to celebrate his Vicennalia, he is struck by a horrific disease, eventually leading him to reconsider his persecution of Christians.55- Toleration in the West
May 16, 2020 12:39 PM PDT
The accessions of Constantine and then Maxentius lead to an official end to the Great Persecution in the western provinces. However peace continues to elude both Church and State. Maxentius' usurpation triggers a civil war while factional violence erupts within the Churches of Rome and Africa.
April 25, 2020 09:08 PM PDT
The succession of the second Tetrarchy grants the eastern Christians a respite from the Great Persecution. However, it is not long before Galerius and his new Caesar Maximinus Daia resume the persecution and introduce new harsher methods of enforcement and punishment in the process. Meanwhile the seeds of schism are sown in the Church of Egypt by the controversial activities of the new bishop of Lycopolis.
April 11, 2020 08:01 PM PDT
The Great Persecution takes a much different course in the Western Roman Empire. While Christians in Gaul and Britain remain relatively unaffected, Christians in Italy, Spain, and especially Africa suffer greatly. These events will sow the seeds of bitter schisms among the western churches.
March 29, 2020 06:00 AM PDT
The Great Persecution begins with Diocletian’s series of anti-Christians edicts, culminating in the command for all his subjects to offer sacrifice.51- Ominous Signs
March 14, 2020 03:01 PM PDT
As the third century gave way to the fourth, tensions between the early Church and traditional paganism culminated in the emperor Diocletian’s decision to launch the Great Persecution against Christianity...50- Introduction II
March 01, 2020 01:00 PM PST
This podcast is about telling a detailed narrative of the history of the early Church from its founding to the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. Covering Christianity in and outside the Roman Empire, the Apostles, Bishops, Saints, Heretics, Ascetics, and Martyrs of the early Church.
This episode offers a recap of the past three centuries for both current and new listeners, as well as a precap for the upcoming episodes.49- Q&A
February 23, 2020 04:30 PM PST
We finally conclude the First Three Centuries series with our Questions and Answer episode!48- Reading Suggestions
February 16, 2020 06:11 PM PST
In this episode we discuss some of the primary and secondary sources I've used in doing my research for the podcast thus far.47- Life in the Early Church
February 09, 2020 03:39 PM PST
In this episode we look at the inner life of the early Church c. 300 A.D., including church buildings, conversion, baptism, worship, and clergy.
The Story of Christianity from 30 to 451 A.D. Covering the great stories of the Apostles, Bishops, Saints, Monks, and Martyrs from Pentecost to the Council of Chalcedon.
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