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Entries from August 2008

Interlude

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Interlude · christianity, history

I’m getting that sand-through-the-fingers feeling again. Just when I thought I had pegged the origins of “Christianity” via Constantine, I got all caught up on the question of pre-existing material. How can we know what it was he actually defined himself, and what was pre-existing? Of the pre-existing materials, why were some things chosen and […]

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The Eusebian Connection

August 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Eusebian Connection · christianity, history

I haven’t seen very much, if any, information regarding the relationship between Constantine and either Eusebius (of Caesarea or of Nicomedia). The most detailed information found so far was within one of the Constantine biographies I read last Winter. Intimations there was that the Eusebians were the Katzajammer Kids with Constantine when they were all […]

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Historical Speculation

August 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Historical Speculation · announcements

The opinions stated here are mine: I do not speak for any organization or tradition. I engage in a type of historical speculation that allows me to explore various answers to some of the world’s great historical questions that otherwise have no answers.  There is no agenda here to make history into convenient propaganda for […]

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Mile Marker

August 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Mile Marker · christianity, history

I’m starting to become overwhelmed (again) with revising my understanding of 1st-4th Centuries CE. On one hand, I can still clearly point to the council of Nicea in 325AD and say that this was the place at which Constantine (re-)created Christianity. On the other, I’m completely befuddled regarding which characters were real and which were […]

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