Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 404-408

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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:
#404 – On Pilgrimage
#405 – Evagrius of Pontus
#406 – The Conflict over Origen – Part I
#407 – The Conflict over Origen – Round Two
#408 – The Empire in Decline

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 404 to 408

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#432 – A History of the Catholic Church – Rehabilitations and Persecutions

The process of rehabilitating the legacy of John Chrysostom begins and the Persian Church finds itself under persecution once again.

Links:
The Martyrdom of Saint James the Persian

Bishop Atticus of Constantinople on the adding of John’s name to the diptychs
Pope Cyril of Alexandria’s response

Theodoret’s Historia Ecclesiastica on the persecution of the Persian Christians [5:38]

The Synod of Mar Dadiso/Dadyeshu

Herman, Geoffrey. The last years of Yazdgird I and the Christians. Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians: Religious Dynamics in a Sasanian Context. (Judaism in Context 17) Gorgias Press: Piscataway, 2014, pp. 67-90.

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#431 – A History of the Catholic Church – Harlots of the Desert

The stories of the Harlots of the Desert served to inspire Christians to repent of their sins and trust in the mercy of God. Furthermore, the stories give us insight into the understandings of gender and holiness in the early 5th century Church.

Links:
Etching of Saint Mary of Egypt by Levillain

Rodney Stark on women in the Early Church

The ancient lives of Saints Mary of Egypt, Pelagia, Thaïs, and Mary – Niece of Abraham can be found here

The life of Saint Paesia the Harlot

Chrysostom’s 67th Homily on the Gospel of Matthew seen as inspiration for the story of Saint Pelagia

Linda L. Coon on Saints Pelagia and Mary of Egypt

Ruth Mazo Karras. “Holy Harlots: Prostitute Saints in Medieval Legend”. Journal of the History of Sexuality. Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 1990). pp. 3-32.

Benedicta Ward – Harlots of the Desert

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Catholic: Under The Hood Classics – Episodes 399-403

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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:
#399 – The Clerical Cursus Honorum
#400 – The Higher Clergy
#401 – The Bosom of Abraham
#402 – Patron Saints
#403 – Holy Relics

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 399 to 403

#430 – A History of the Catholic Church – Praying atop a Pillar

Saint Symeon the Stylite chose to separate himself from the world and rise up to Christ by living atop a stone pillar. His reputation for holiness attracted peoples from all across the Roman Empire seeking his wisdom and prayers.

Links:
Image of Saint Symeon the Stylite

Article on the present state of the pillar of Saint Symeon

Article on modern Stylite

Bottle for carrying hnana – with image of Stylites

Icon of David the Dendrite

Coptic Life of Saint Symeon

Syriac Life of Saint Symeon

Theodoret of Cyrrhus on Saint Symeon

David T. M. Frankenfurter. “Stylites and Phallobates: Pillar Religions in Late Antique Syria”. Vigiliae Christianae Vol. 44. No. 2 (Jun., 1990): pp. 168-198 – examines relationship of early pagan traditions which have been suggested as influence on Christian Stylites.

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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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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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#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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