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#429 – A History of the Catholic Church – God Come to My Assistance

Saint John Cassian brought many of the Eastern monastic traditions to the West and, in turn, influenced later Western monasticism – especially the monasticism of Saint Benedict of Nursia. In this episode, we look at Cassian’s theology of prayer.

Links:
Minature of Saint John Cassian

Cassian’s The Conferences – chapters 9 and 10 focus on prayer

Cassian’s The Institutes

Cassian and Monaticism by Hugo Feiss, OSB

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#429 – A History of the Catholic Church – God Come to My Assistance

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Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 394-398

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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:
#394 – Christ in Triumph
#395 – Singing with Voice and Heart
#396 – Ensorcelled By Your Hymns
#397 – The Problem of Jovian
#398 – The Defilement of Marriage

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 394 to 398

#428 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Father of Mysticism

We begin a series of episodes on the spirituality of the early 5th century with a look at Saint Augustine. His works, especially The Confessions and The Trinity show Augustine as a major early Christian mystic – urging all Christians to unite themselves to God in love.

Links:
Painting of Saint Augustine by Phillipe de Champaigne

Augustine’s Confessions – note especially chapters 10 and 27

Augustine’s The Trinity – note especially chapter 15

Augustine Letter 147 on the Vision of God

Augustine Sermon 52 on the incomprehensibility of God and inability to express the ecstatic experience

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#428 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Father of Mysticism

#427 – A History of the Catholic Church – Julian of Eclanum

Considered Augustine’s greatest theological adversary, Julian of Eclanum will pick up where Pelagius left off. His criticisms of Augustine’s teaching on Original Sin could not be ignored.

Links:
Portrait of Pope Boniface I

Augustine’s writings against Julian of Eclanum

Mathjis Lamberigts, “The Philosophical and Theological Background of Julian of Aeclanum’s Concept of Concupiscence”, in Therese Fuhrer (hg), Die christlich-philosophischen Diskurse der Spätantike: Texte, Personen, Institutionen: Akten der Tagung vom 22.-25. Februar 2006 am Zentrum für Antike und Moderne der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2008) (Philosophie der Antike, 28)

BeDuhn, Jason. “What Augustine (May Have) Learned from the Manicheaeans.” Augustinian Studies 43, no. 1/2 (2012): 35-48.

Eddy, Paul Rhodes. “Can a leopard change its spots?: Augustine and the crypto-Manichaeism question.” Scottish Journal of Theology 62, no. 3 (2009): 316-346.

Evans, Gillian R. “Neither a Pelagian nor a Manichee.” Vigiliae Christianae 35, no. 3 (1981): 232-44.

Lamberigts, Mathijs. “Competing Christologies: Julian and Augustine on Jesus Christ.” Augustinian Studies 36, no. 1 (2005): 159-194.

Scheppard, Carol. “The Transmission of Sin in the Seed: A Debate between Augustine of Hippo and Julian of Eclanum.” Augustinian Studies 27, no. 2 (1996): 99-108.

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#426 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Tractoria of Zosimus

Pope Zosimus’ attempt to navigate the Pelagian Controversy runs up against the desires of the North African bishops, the bishops of Italy and Emperor Honorius. After Zosimus’ death, the Church of Rome again divides over his successor. A new figure rises to confront Augustine on the importance of free will.

Links:
Portrait of Pope Zosimus

Canons of the Council of Carthage 418

Letter of Julian of Eclanum to Pope Zosimus

Letter of Julian of Eclanum to Bishop Rufus of Thessalonica

Beck, J. H. (2007), The Pelagian Controversy: An Economic Analysis. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 66: 681–696.

Dunn, G. D. (2015), Imperial Intervention in the Disputed Roman Episcopal Election of 418/419. J Relig Hist, 39: 1–13.

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#426 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Tractoria of Zosimus

#425 – A History of the Catholic Church – Rome has Spoken

The Pelagian Controversy heats up in the West as the Church of North Africa and Pope Innocent I condemn Pelagius and Caelestius for heresy. Innocent’s successor, Pope Zosimus, runs into problems with the Church of Gaul.

Links:
Portrait of Pope Innocent I

Map of Hispania in 418 showing where the various tribes have settled.

Jerome on the attack on the Bethlehem monastery

Pelagius’ Letter and Confession of Faith to Pope Innocent I

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#425 – A History of the Catholic Church – Rome has Spoken

#424 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Philosopher

In Alexandria, the conflict between Pope Cyril and Prefect Orestes explodes and the great philosopher Hypatia is murdered. In Persia, the Christians try to recover from decades of persecution.

Links:
Portrait of Hypatia by Jules Maurice Gaspard

Bishop Synesius of Cyrene’s letters to Hypatia

The Canons of the Council of Mar ‘Ishaq/Issac

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#424 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Philospher

Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 389-393

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Episodes in this volume:
#389 – The Baptism of Augustine
#390 – Penance
#391 – Liturgies in the East
#392 – Liturgies in the West
#393 – The Basilicas of Milan

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 389 to 393

#423 – A History of the Catholic Church – Peace and War

As the controversy over Pelagius heats up; Pulcheria becomes the new regent in Constantinople and the Church of Antioch moves to make peace with the supporters of John Chrysostom. Meanwhile, Pope Cyril and the Prefect Orestes struggle for control of Alexandria.

Links:
Icon of Cyril of Alexandria by Rousanu

Map of Constantinople showing the Theodosian Walls

Map of civil dioceses of Roman Empire

Glen Bowersock, “Parabalani: A Terrorist Charity in Late Antiquity”

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#423 – A History of the Catholic Church – Peace and War

Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 384-388

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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:
#384 – The Crisis of the Churches
#385 – The Riot of the Statues
#386 – The Judaizers
#387 – The Destruction of the Serapeum
#388 – Theodosius Triumphant

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 384 to 388