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The Origin of the Roman Catholic Church: A Brief History

Someone suggested the Roman Catholic Church began with the Edict of Thessalonica in 380 cherry-picked a quote to prove it. Here is a quick but much more accurate description of the origin of the Roman Catholic Church. The Theodosian Code … Continue reading

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Who Was the First Pope?

Today I was asked: When did the Roman Catholic church appear as it is today? Here’s my answer: When the Roman Catholic Church appeared “as it is today” depends on what is meant by “as it is today.” The first … Continue reading

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The Magisterium and the Protestant Reformation

I had never heard of the "magisterium"until I read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. He uses it to refer to the authorities of the church in his trilogy, which was written specifically as an attack on Christianity. (As usual, … Continue reading

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Early Christianity, Organic Christianity, and the Rise of the Catholic Church

This post will probably only interest you if you’re a friend of mine and like listening to me already, or if you have an avid interest in early Christianity and how the church became the miserable mess that it became … Continue reading

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Polycarp, Anicetus, Popes, Tradition, the Passover, and Easter

From great to small, Christians were known for their bravery. Not just men, but women and children scorned the punishment of Roman persecutors, passing judgment on their judges by their joy in facing death, and knowing that every drop of blood they shed was seed. “The more often you mow us down, the more of us there are,” they would boast. Continue reading

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The Church Fathers and the Pope

I wasn’t going to blog today; I don’t have time. Nonetheless, I simply can’t let this pass. I couldn’t believe it when I read this: This is what stuck in Alex’s mind, and it led him to make a fateful … Continue reading

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The Pope and Apostolic Succession in the Early Church

I put a teaching on the pope in the early church up on youtube. I can only load videos up to ten minutes long, so it’s in five parts. I also just finished editing a teaching on apostolic succession, kind … Continue reading

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