Category Archives: Church History

augustine and his infatuation with the platonists

I have wrote before that Augustine only converted to Christianity after his mentor explained to him that the Bible could be taken figuratively and the Platonists were correct in their philosophy. Here are Augustine’s own words: Confessions, Book 6: 6. … Continue reading

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augustine embraced violence on his critics

From Augustine’s letter to Vincentius: 16. You now see therefore, I suppose, that the thing to be considered when any one is coerced, is not the mere fact of the coercion, but the nature of that to which he is … Continue reading

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the historicity of the resurrection

From NT Wright’s Surprised by Hope. After talking about various alternative secular theories about Jesus, he writes: [W]e must at least note that the main alternative accounts, the revisionist proposals, lack explanatory power… But at this moment in the argument … Continue reading

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Jesus did not preach circumcision

Circumcision in the Bible is the process of removing the foreskin in order to follow God’s symbolic ordinances. God at one time almost killed the Hebrew patriarch, Moses, because Moses did not circumcise his son. Interestingly enough, the New Testament … Continue reading

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the real Christmas story

Everyone knows the story of the birth of Jesus: Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem, they checked all the hotels but all rooms were sold out, they then came across kindly strangers who offered to allow them to stay in … Continue reading

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precursors to the gospel of Jesus

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Before Jesus preached his “gospel of the Kingdom”, two gospel accounts (Matthew and Luke) give … Continue reading

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an overview of james

The purpose of James was to serve as a general letter to “the twelve tribes” (aka Israel). The letter tries to encourage the oppressed, chastise internal strife, criticize Christian sin, correct misconceptions concerning works, and remind people that the end … Continue reading

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the acts 15 narrative

In my previous post, I asked some very straightforward questions about the text of Acts 15. Those who believe that Paul was teaching the exact same thing as the 12 disciples will, predictably, struggle with these questions. This is because … Continue reading

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didache – the teachings of the twelve

Eusebius mentions the Didache as an accepted document in early Christianity. He (or other leading Christians) does not believe it is a canonical book but that it did give some value. As such, the Didache gives insight as to how … Continue reading

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eusebius on the canon of the Bible

Eusebius (260-340AD) is one of the oldest sources listing out books considered as accepted as the New Testament. There is a mysterious fragment (Muratorian fragment), which also lists out books (notably not listing James, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter). But … Continue reading

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