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#323 – A History of The Catholic Church – The Dionysii

dionysiusofrome

Different understandings about the nature of the relationship between the Father and the Son create new tensions for the Church as Sabellianism moves into Alexandria and causes problems both for Dionysius of Alexandria as well as Dionysius of Rome. Just as that issue is resolved, Paul of Samosata comes to Antioch.

Links:

Image: Bishop Dionysius of Rome by Mattana

Dionysius of Rome “Against the Sabellians”

Michael Slusser – “Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus”, Expository Times, Vol 120, No 12, pp. 573-585.

Daniëlle Slootjes. “Bishops and Their Position of Power in the Late Third Century CE: The Cases of Gregory Thaumaturgus and Paul of Samosata.” Journal of Late Antiquity 4, no. 1 (2011): 100-115.

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#323 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Dionysii

#322 – The History of the Catholic Church – With Hearts Laid Open to God

dionysiusofalexandria

Pope Dionysius the Great of Alexandria was known for his erudition and pastoral care. But it will take all his skill to deal with the problem of millenarianism in his church and how to best understand the Book of Revelation.

Links:

Image: Pope Dionysius the Great of Alexandria

Stephen Broyles – The Scribes and the Book of Revelation

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#322 – A History of the Catholic Church – With Hearts Laid Open To God

#321 – A History of the Catholic Church – All Things Within Its Compass

oransandphilosopher

Continuing our look at the importance of faith and reason in the Early Church, we move to the Theological Library of Caesarea Maritima and the importance of Sextus Julius Africanus and Anatolius of Laodicea.

Links:

Image: Orans and Philosopher from Santa Maria Antiqua Sarcophagus

Andrew James Carriker “The Library of Eusebius of Caesarea”

Christopher Jones “The Life and Works of Sextus Julius Africanus”

Resources on Sextus Julius Africanus

Resources on Anatolius of Laodicea

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#321 – A History of the Catholic Church – All Things Within Its Compass

#320 – A History of the Catholic Church – How Man Should Become Godly

teacherandstudents

As Christians move to play a greater part of the Greco-Roman culture, they not only sought to demonstrate that the Christian faith was compatible with the best of human reason, but to show Christ as the source and fulfillment of the quest for wisdom.

Links:

Image: Teacher and pupils from Catacomb of Saint Priscilla

Willem H. Oliver “The Catechetical School in Alexandria” and “The Heads of the Catechetical School in Alexandria”

Willem H. Oliver and Mokhele J. S. Madise “The Formation of Christian Theology in Alexandria”

Tadros Y. Malaty “The School of Alexandria: Before Origen” and “The School of Alexandria: Origen”

Frances M. Young. (2006). Towards a Christian paideia. In: Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young (eds.) The Cambridge History of Christianity. pp. 484-500. [Online]. Cambridge History of Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps Podcast

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#320 – A History of the Catholic Church – How A Man Should Become Godly

#319 – A History of the Catholic Church – “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds”

zoroaster

Christianity in the Sassanid Empire developed against the large and powerful Zoroastrian and Manichaean faith traditions as well. The relationship between these three groups was not always friendly and we will see the beginnings of persecution in the Sassanid Empire.

Links:

Image: Zoroaster from Raphael’s School of Athens

Wikipedia article on Zoroastrianism

Wikipedia article on Manichaeism

About the martyrdom of Qndyr’/Candida

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#319 – A History of the Catholic Church – “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds”

Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 294-298

classics

Presenting more of the back episodes of the History of the Catholic Church series no longer on the main podcast feed.

Episodes in this volume:
#294 – Martyrdom and Expansion
#295 – Saint Paul
#296 – The Council of Jerusalem
#297 – The Two Ways
#298 – Apostolic Succession

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 294 to 298

#318 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Church of the East

sassanidmap

While the Christianity was expanding in the Roman Empire, it was also expanding to the east, in the Parthian and Sassanid Empires. The Syriac Christianity dominant in these territories will develop differently than Church of the West and offer new ways to think about the faith.

Links:

Image: Map of the Sassanid Empire

Christianity in the Parthian Empire

Christianity in pre-Islamic Persia

Early Christianity in Asia

Anaphora of Addai and Mari

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#318 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Church of the East

#317 – A History of the Catholic Church – The True Treasures Of The Church

lawrence

The Church once again finds itself facing Empire-wide persecutions as the leaders of the Christian faithful find themselves targeted for exile and execution. Yet, for those who endure will come the promise of peace – for at least a little while.

Links:

Image: Fra Angelico – “Lawrence before Valerianus”

Papyrus fragment ordering arrest of a Christian under reign of Valerian

Haas, Christopher J.. 1983. “Imperial Religious Policy and Valerian’s Persecution of the Church, A.D. 257-260”. Church History 52 (2). Cambridge University Press: 133–44.

Fr. Seraphim’s Christmas Wish List at Amazon

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#316 – A History of the Catholic Church – The True Treasures of the Church

#316 – A History Of The Catholic Church – The Bishop of Bishops

stephen

The conflict between Stephen and Cyprian comes close to causing a split between Carthage and Rome over the power and authority of the bishop of Rome. Emperor Valerian prepares another Empire-wide persecution of Christians.

Links:

Image: Bishop Stephen I of Rome

Material related to the conflict between Stephen and Cyprian

Cyprian and the Episcopal Synod of Late 254 by Geoffrey D. Dunn

On the different versions of Cyprian’s Unity of the Church

Fr. Seraphim’s Christmas Wish List at Amazon

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#315 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Bishop of Bishops

Catholic: Under The Hood Classics

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Due to a limit of the 20 most recent episodes of the history of the Catholic Church, I am starting a new feed called Catholic: Under The Hood Classics that will contain earlier episodes of the series for those who wish to listen to all the back episodes.

There will be two separate feeds – one for the regular series that will contain the 20 most recent episodes and one for the classics series that will contain episodes that are no longer on the main feed.

Links to original episodes:

#289 – Background
#290 – Jesus
#291 – Followers of the Way
#292 – Baptism in the Early Church
#293 – Eucharist in the Early Church

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 289 to 293

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