Church History


Henry VIII – Marcus Grodi

January 18, 2017

In this 2006 lecture from the Deep in History conference, Marcus Grodi gives background on the lineage of Henry VIII, what Catholicism looked like in England leading up to his reign, and the events and personalities that led up to the split of the Church of England from the Catholic Church. ... more

A Look at the Reformation – Marcus Grodi

January 11, 2017

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Marcus Grodi looks at how for so many of us in the United States, our understanding of the Reformation is colored by the fact that our nation started out as a British colony, and our shared narrative leads many of us to believe that Martin Luther and Renaissance thinkers freed humanity from a dark, ignorant, and uncivilized  oppression by the Catholic Church.  Marcus invites us to reexamine that view of history, to look at the data and the lives of Christians who lived during ... more

Fr Thomas Wray – Former Episcopal Priest

December 28, 2016

Fr. Thomas Wray was a firmly committed Anglican, but as he progressed in his priesthood, several questions began to trouble him.  He saw the core principles of Christian unity dissolving in his own tradition, and wondered where his place was in all of it.  He became drawn to the witness of Bl. John Henry Newman, and his search for a historical Christianity in the apostolic tradition led him closer and closer to eventually becoming an ordained Catholic priest.  He currently serves in the office of religious education for the Archdiocese ... more

Sonja Corbitt – Former Southern Baptist

December 14, 2016

Sonja Corbitt grew up going to Southern Baptist revivals and church camps, and while she felt that God had a relationship with her, she didn’t really feel like she had a relationship with Him.  She was obedient to what she thought she should be doing, but a lot of her earliest feelings about God were informed by fear.  When Sonja and her husband became part of the leadership at their local congregation, they experienced a couple of heartbreaking church splits, which only deepened her sense of fear about her ... more

NEW CHNetwork Community Question: What Was Your View of Church History?

October 11, 2016

Many of our members say that it was the study of Church history that was among the main factors that led them to begin to take Catholicism seriously.  If all you know about the Catholic Church from the 1st century to the 15th is what you’ve read in public school textbooks or seen on the History Channel, it can can be an eye-opening experience to look into it for yourself!  All that brings us to this week’s CHNetwork Community Question: ... more

Mark Gamble – Former Evangelical and Episcopalian

October 4, 2016

Mark remembers hearing his father tell Bible stories around the dinner table every night, and never dreamt of walking away from his Christian faith.  When he became an engineer, his work took him all over the world, so he had the opportunity to visit Christian communities of all shapes, sizes and varieties- all, that is, except those of the Catholic variety.  When he finally went to a Catholic liturgy for the first time, it was on Good Friday, and when he found himself swept up into a line of people ... more

The English Counter-Reformation – Fr. Charles Connor – Deep in History

September 15, 2016

Many are familiar with the Catholic Counter-Reformation that took place on the European continent in response to Martin Luther and other reformers.  Less well known is what the Counter-Reformation looked like in England as a response to the schism led by King Henry VIII.  Fr. Charles Connor explores the relationship between Catholics and Anglicans in England in the decades following the split between the Church of England and the Church of Rome. ... more
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Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher: Martyrs of Conscience – Dr. Scott Hahn – Deep in History

September 8, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Dr. Scott Hahn discusses two great saints of the English Reformation: Thomas More, who died “the king’s good servant, but God’s first,” and John Fisher, the only bishop in England who refused to acknowledge King Henry VIII’s unlawful divorce. Both received the crown of martyrdom for their commitment to conscience. In a day and age where so many, even religious leaders, are willing to compromise their principles in order to do what is considered expedient in the eyes of a society ... more