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Book: Janus in Nicea

March 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Book: Janus in Nicea · christianity, history, Janus in Nicea, media

Quite a milestone was reached last week when I published my book, Janus in Nicea.  I had started this blog some years ago when I realized that the state of my study of Early Church history was such that it needed a home away from Live Journal. After continued work in it, I received a […]

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Philip

July 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Philip · christianity, history

Philip occupies a rather unusual corner of the canon. On the one hand, he’s one of the first people Jesus recruits[1] and he’s shown recruiting other apostles[2] as well as bringing the early Church to Samaria[3]. On the other hand, he’s very much a bit part: he does not appear as a significant actor in […]

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Curvy History

March 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Curvy History · christianity, history, media

The Rodney Stark book had a set of maps that easily decomposed into a chart of data that I have proudly appropriated as the basis for a much larger database. Admittedly, it was in the search for much of this data that I discovered Stark’s book, so he saved me a lot of time. I […]

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Book Reviews

March 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Book Reviews · christianity, history

First, two biographies on the emperor Constantine. Constantine the Great: The Man and his Times, by Michael Grant, and the ingeniously named Constantine the Great, by John Holland Smith. These are followed by a review of Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome, by Rodney Stark […]

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Netting Sand

February 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Netting Sand · christianity, history

Probably the most difficult aspect of studying the origins of Christianity is that there is so much history to plow through. If you pick just one place, you can spend lifetimes exploring the peoples and families that had just been there over the centuries. We know something about the peoples who lived in Mesopotamia in […]

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Wow.

February 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Wow. · christianity, history, media

Fourth Century Christianity The History Department of Wisconsin Lutheran College under the direction of Dr. Glen L. Thompson, presents a number of hard-to-find texts, insightful charts, and much relevant documentation regarding the first century of Roman Christianity. Awesome stuff.

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The Mystery Apostle

December 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on The Mystery Apostle · christianity, history

The latest series of programs on the cable science channels about Christianity have been generally pretty good lately. The percentage of time I spend railing about how some antiquated dogma was being passed off as fact has gone down to about 20%, as opposed to the 75% I spent last season or two. Last night’s […]

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Nifty reference

July 9th, 2003 · Comments Off on Nifty reference · history, media

Okay, so I’m a total geek, but I just found a translation of the complete writings of Flavius Josephus online. I’ve seen this stuff referenced almost as much as the bible itself, but I’ve never taken the time to actually look for it. Nifty. If anyone has any references to the apostle Bartholomew descent from […]

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