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Breaking Through the Myths of History

Dr. Kenneth Howell |
July 10, 2014 One Comment

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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Study Questions:

-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?


Dr. Kenneth Howell

Kenneth J. Howell taught for thirty years in various colleges and universities before taking his present position as Resident Theologian of the Coming Home Network. He has published seven books including two on the early Church Fathers.