Church History





Where did the Bible come from? What does church tradition have to do with Scripture? Who are the "church fathers" and why should we care? Church History delves into the past to teach us more about the religion we practice today.





Scotism  |  Mar 27, 2017
John Duns Scotus was a Fransiscan scholar and philosopher whose work had great significance on Catholic theology. Too bad his ideas were completely wrong.

Read more...    |    Adam Davis


The Icon Controversy  |  Jan 23, 2017
Icons — images and statues of biblical and religious characters — have been a tool for the illiterate for generations. But they can also lead to idolatry.

Read more...    |    Paul Shunamon


The schism between Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy  |  Jan 10, 2017
A millennium ago, the church split into Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox. But the cracks started long before.

Read more...    |    Paul Shunamon


Faithless Fairy Tales  |  May-Aug 2014
Introduction: How science pioneers relied on the Bible as much as their microscopes.
Part 1: The real story of Galileo — Faith, science, and the Catholic Church.
Part 2: The Scopes Trial — A smear campaign against Christianity? Or a movie about McCarthyism?
Part 3: The Crusades — Calling the Crusades a war against poor, defenseless Muslims is an insult!
Part 4: The Spanish Inquisition — Not what you expected.

Start Here    |    Jeff Laird


Church Foundations: John Owen  |  Jul 17, 2014
John Owen, the 'theologian's theologian,' fought against unorthodox theology as his nation, England, fought against itself.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Ulrich Zwingli  |  Jun 14, 2014
Ulrich Zwingli was a Catholic priest with a radical idea: what if the foundation of the Christian faith was not found in church tradition, but in the Word of God as given in the Bible?

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: John Hus  |  May 30, 2014
As John Wycliffe's teachings enter Bavaria, John Hus takes his mantle and teaches against the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church. But the Church does not suffer fools lightly...

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: John Wycliffe  |  May 28, 2014
Christians didn't always have access to their own Bibles — not until John Wycliffe decided people should be able to read them whenever they chose. How politics, the papacy, and the Queen mother were involved with our Bibles.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Origen  |  May 23, 2014
A scholar, writer, translator, and ascetic, Origen helped build the foundation of systematic theology.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Irenaeus  |  Apr 22, 2014
At a time when the young church was particularly susceptible to false teaching, Irenaeus was there. His apologetics on Gnosticism, the Trinity, and the incarnation of Christ stay with us today.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Polycarp  |  Mar 31, 2014
Born to one of the first Christian families and discipled by the Apostle John, Polycarp had such faith he stood for his own martyrdom.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Sarah Edwards  |  Mar 24, 2014
Mother, minister to her family, sounding-board — whatever was needed, Sarah Edwards was willing and able to take care of things and join her husband in making an impact on the church.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Deitrich Bonhoeffer  |  Mar 13, 2014
Theologian, prophet, and Nazi opponent, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ideas about grace impact us today — as his sacrifice inspires us.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Blaise Pascal  |  Mar 6, 2014
Blaise Pascal was a mathematician and physicist, but he was also one of the premier Christian apologists of all time.

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette


Church Foundations: Jonathan Edwards  |  Feb 26, 2014
Jonathan Edwards: preacher, theologian, and medical pioneer. Meet the author of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

Read more...    |    Brandon Markette




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