Early Christian History

Troy Supports2Okay, so Jesus Christ or Yeshua as he was known in Galilee was neither a military leader nor a politician as many in the Hebrew nation expected of a Messiah. How in the world did he and his small band of disciples turn a simple message to love God and neighbor turn this message into the world’s largest religion within two hundred years and continue to grow worldwide for two thousand years until it had 2.2 billion people following the Christian religious tradition?  Truly, this is a mystery worth examining. No printing press, no telephone, no reliable postal service and speaking several languages and honoring several cultures, this band of brothers found a way to keep the message pure and simple while fighting internal dissention and external persecution. Ignatius, Jerome, Origen, and thousand of giants worthy of discussion are found in the first centuries of their existence. What were their challenges and how did they overcome them?

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  1. I especially enjoy speaking of Origen. He wrote the first Christian catechism, directed the famous Alexandria Catechetical School, taught a dozen men who went on to become saints, gathered together all the extant biblical sources in a search for the “true” version and compared them side-by-side. In addition, he defended the faith against the most vocal critic of his day and maybe of any age–Celsus. Yet, in spite of the fact that he was in full communion with the Church while he lived and responded to questions from Bishops throughout the world on questions of faith, Origen never became a saint himself. Why do you think that was?

    • Julian … why not share some of this knowledge with the E.C. parishes with a lecture series, rotating among the churches? / I’d be there! For sure if you sat down with the different pastors, how could they say no? Make it a six week series, presented in the summer recess, so there will be plenty of daylight on both sides of the lecture. Let Post 1961 sponsor the series:) Double whammy!