Constantine and the Christian Empire, by Charles Odahl - represents 31 years of research, retracing the steps of Constantine across Europe and the Eastern Empire. The most exhaustive work on Constantine ever published.
Numerous CH101 readers have written to me with questions and critical comments about what I have written regarding Emperor Constantine. There is a significant percentage of conservative Protestants who believe Christianity suffered greatly under Constantine. As a young man I was taught that the Catholic Church started with Constantine and was the beginning of Christianity losing it's way.
One reader expressed it very close to how I learned it as a young man:
"Paul said that the 'mystery of iniquity' was already at work in the church even during his day (2 Thes. 2:7). How much more in the years following the death of Paul and the other Apostles would the 'mystery of iniquity' be working."
While there are some valid points to be made for Christianity losing it's zeal and spiritual power, Constantine gets a bad rap in MY opinion. If you are interested in learning more about Constantine I would highly
recommend the text by Charles Odahl (to the right) to better decide if Constantine was a Christian or just a political opportunist. My articles will be edited using Odahl's excellent research:
Emperor Constantine comes to Power
Emperor Constantine and Christian Faith
Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicea
Emperor Constantine and Worship of the Sun (Sol Invictus)
Emperor Constantine and Christians in the Military
Emperor Constantine Against the Donatists
Why Does Tertullian Call the Apostle Paul
"The Apostle of the Heretics?
Men like Douglas Del Tondo have an established theological position, a dogma, and they look for ANYTHING in the early church writings to bolster their position. Del Tando has either not read enough of the writings he cites OR he is purposefully misleading people. I would like to think it is the former; to purposefully mislead is to lie.
The Demands of Christian Tolerance
"Can we disagree, yet remain agreeable? Christians can be the most dogmatic people when Truth demands that we be more humble."
John Gibson asks some probing questions regarding "Truth-seeking" and being tolerant of those who disagree with us.
Culture and Opinion
Paul Marshall's article, "Blasphemy and Free Speech" augments my rebuttal of Prof. Kidd:
Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists? Prof. Thomas Kidd answers this, his own rhetorical question. I take him to task for misleading his audience. This whole argument seems less tolerable now in light of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the more recent Mall Massacre in Kenya.
The Trinity in the Early Church
A Critique of "The Doctrine of the Trinity: Christianity's Self-Inflicted Wound,"
by Anthony Buzzard and Charles Hunting. Mr. Buzzard is something of a Ebionite Christian (he does not believe in the deity of Jesus and seems to believe that "true" Christians should live by the Old Testament).
ALSO: The evidence of the trinity in the New Testament
Other Topics include:
Discussion on Pacifism and the New Testament
Who Wrote the Letter to the Hebrews in the Bible? Was it Paul?
Why do Christians worship on The Lord's Day rather than on the Jewish Sabbath?
Why did the Reformers reject The Apocrypha?
Did the early "Christian" schools teach universal salvation?
How did Saul have the authority to hunt down Christians?
Why do Christians light candles during worship?
Palestine or Israel?
How did ancient writers refer to the region surrounding the land occupied by Israel? This site is getting attacked by pro-Israeli visitors claiming that our information is inaccurate, some stating that we are purposefully engaging in political propaganda. Read some of these comments/conversations and judge for yourself.
Water Baptism in the Early Church
Wine in the Ancient World
The Early Church Fathers on NT Revelation
The Early Church Fathers on Holiness
The New Testament, Faith, and the Resurrection
The New Testament and Christian tithing
Other Topics of Interest:
Early Church History Podcasts
"Grace to You," a study in Ephesians using Watchman Nee, "Sit, Walk, Stand."
"Contemplative Prayer," a series based on the Brother Lawrence classic "The Practice of the Presence of God."
Church History class lectures given at Saint Augustine's College. (unedited)
2. Early Church History Book Reviews
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life, by Hannah Whitall Smith
How the Christian New Testament Canon was Formed
The NT was NOT dropped from heaven.
The NT was NOT delivered by an angel.
The NT was NOT dug up in a field as golden plates like the Book of Mormon.
The NT was NOT suddenly "discovered" in a clay jar with 27 "books" intact like the Dea Sea Scrolls or the Nag Hammadi texts.
Read "How the New Testament Canon was Formed"