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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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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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Second and Third Derivations

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Second and Third Derivations · christianity, history

Since discovery of PRF Brown’s site[1], I have burned a good many hours both reading and thinking. It’s clear that the “Eusebian Fiction Postulate”[2] has forced me to re-examine what I thought I understood about early church history. I have been relatively pleased, so far, to find that it seems to make more sense, given […]

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Interesting research site

July 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Interesting research site · christianity, history, media

I just got pointed to P.R.F. Brown’s amazing site. He has posted quite a bit of research to his site — including a few projects I had started myself and am right glad I don’t have to finish them, now, like the list of all known writers in the ancient Western world, categorized and dated. […]

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Addendum

March 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Addendum · christianity, history, media

I mentioned Dungan’s Constantine’s Bible the other day before I had finished reading it. I fear that I made it sound like a lame book, and I’m glad I didn’t let my waning enthusiasm sour me on it before I was done. Dungan didn’t go on and on about Eusebius like I had expected. Instead, […]

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The Polis killed the Olympians

March 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Polis killed the Olympians · christianity, history, media

Yes, another book. David Dungan’s Constantine’s Bible has an amazing reach, starting from the beginnings of civilization, through the development of Greek philosophy and its distribution through the ancient East. Only a third of the way through, but I’m pretty sure I know how this one ends. Actually, I’m having such a severe case of […]

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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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cold bed fellows

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on cold bed fellows · christianity

This whole Constantine series has been riddled with errors, and the more I re-read them, the more problems I find. In this first one, I totally trash the Roman Emperors portion of the quiz. 1. Big C was the last Tetrarch of the Roman Empire In a sense, he was never really an official Tetrarch, […]

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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 Victor

February 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Victor · christianity, history

Like most great conquerors of history, Flavius Valerius Constantinus was also a bastard and a usurper. Beginning with his father, the neo-Flavians had a knack for the early, embarrassing sexual entanglements. Constantine’s dad dropped his mother, Helena, like a rock when an opportunity arose to marry into an Imperial family — some question whether the […]

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