Category Archives: Early Church History

Early Church History: Why were they persecuted?

A Rick Wade post (PROBE) There are several important and interrelated reasons for the persecution of the early church. First was the problem of identity. Christianity was identified at first with Judaism, but people quickly came to see it as … Continue reading

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Early Church History: Background Texts

1. New Testament Canonical Information Canon of Scripture The Christian Canon, by Don Closson The Old Testament Canon of Scripture 2. The Apostolic Fathers 1st Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians [ca 96]: A formal letter written on behalf of … Continue reading

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Christ to Constantine

 Jesus Christ in History and Tradition   It is tempting to by-pass the history of the ways in which Jesus Christ has been interpreted in order to bring the Christ mystery into immediate dialogue with our contemporary situation. However, since … Continue reading

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INTRODUCING CHRISTOLOGY

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTOLOGY  Through the centuries the portraits of Jesus have varied from age to age and place to place: ‘Good shepherd’ during the early church persecutions;  ‘cosmic ruler’ during the triumph of Christianity in the Roman Empire;  ‘the crucified’ … Continue reading

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