Breaking Through the Myths of History
Historian Dr. Kenneth Howell describes how historical myths play a part in the perception of the Catholic Faith and gives insight into seeking truth throughout history. He explores first the “Galileo Affair” and then looks back at worship and Church government in early Christianity to demonstrate the fundamental importance not just of knowing historical data but being deep in the historical faith.
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-How did Dr. Howell’s presentation challenge your understanding of the Galileo affair? Did you ever think that the Catholic Church was opposed to science?
-Why is it important to look at history through the eyes of the participants and not how we look at the events today, as Dr.
Howell states? Why is this especially important when studying the Bible?
-What was Cardinal John Henry Newman’s incredible conclusion which came about while studying the history of the doctrine of the Trinity? According to Newman, on what must we rely when searching for proper Christian doctrine? Why?
-Were there any aspects of Christian history that Dr. Howell mentioned which surprised you?
-What is authentic Christianity? Does truth factor into your personal faith life?