Deep in History
Why should we go deep in history? As generations before us have learned, history is the laboratory for thinking about the issues that matter most to us as human beings. By placing ourselves back into another time, we are able to look at our own time with more objectivity; we see its strengths and weaknesses. For Christians, there is the additional truth that ours is a historical Faith. Christianity is rooted in the historical facts of Jesus's life. The Church, which is His Body, has lived, grown, and matured in space and time. The surest way to know Jesus and His Church is through the study of history, both biblical and post-biblical.
We hope these resources take you deep into the history of Christ’s Church and thereby deeper into Christ.Videos and Articles Talk Categories Links and Resources
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Recent Articles and Videos
Scripture and the Early Church – Fr. Mitch Pacwa
As a scholar of ancient and Middle Eastern history, culture, and religion, Fr. Mitch Pacwa examines the phenomenon of Sacred Scripture and the ramifications of the translation and interpretation of the scriptures out of their proper context.
Four Witnesses Brought Me Home – Rod Bennet
Former Southern Baptist Rod Bennett used to believe that the Catholic Church was the result of the “Great Apostasy.” However, as he was lead to read the works of the earliest Christians, he realized that the Early Church actually resembled Catholic beliefs and traditions! Here he gives a deep look into the early church and the Great Apostasy (that wasn’t).
How Do We Know the Early Church? – Dr. William Marshner
Former Lutheran scholar Dr. William Marshner explores the sources of information about the early church used by early Christian historians. How did early Christians learn and pass on the faith? (This talk was originally given in 2004 at the CHNetwork’s “Deep in History” conference)
"Early Church Fathers I Never Saw"
More From the CHNetwork
- "Early Church Fathers I Never Saw" – by Marcus Grodi
- A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D.
- Clement of Rome and the Didache – by Kenneth Howell Ph.D. Here we stand at the very fount of Christian teaching outside the New Testament. Clement’s letter and the Didache reveal how Christians were implementing and living out the faith taught by Jesus and passed on by the twelve apostles.
- Ignatius Of Antioch & Polycarp Of Smyrna Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna were two of the greatest leaders of Christianity in the first half of the second century. Their combined writings provide a unique window on the faith, life, and practice of the early Christians.
- Three Frameworks for Interpreting the Church Fathers – by Dr. Kenneth J. Howell
Useful Links and Resources
- Called to Communion A place for true ecumenical dialogue for those seeking the full unity of all Christians as per our Lord’s command in John 17.
- Catholic Answers This website is a wealth of Catholic information. One of it’s best features is an online forum community where anyone may ask a question about Catholicism and receive a personal answer.
- Fathers of the Church, CatholicCulture.org A complete set of documents from the Fathers of the Church: saintly writers of the early centuries whom the Church recognizes as her special witnesses of the faith. Browse by author or chronologically.
- OSV's Encyclopedia of Catholic History, by Matthew Bunson An updated version of the critically acclaimed and best-selling reference work first published in 1995. Still the most comprehensive single-volume compendium on the Church’s past – from Pentecost morning to today’s pontiffs.
- Stephen Ray – Defenders of the Catholic Father Steve Ray’s website with Bible study resources, videos, pilgrimages led by Steve Ray, etc.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church – USCCB
- The Catholicism Series with Fr. Robert Barron