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The First Centuries – Part 05 / Irenaeus

https://www.sanctorum.us/podcast-player/1634/the-first-centuries-part-5-irenaeus.mp3Download file | Play in new windowThe historical record is pretty clear that the Apostle John spent his last years in Western Asia Minor, with the City of Ephesus acting as his headquarters. It seems that during his time there, he ppoured himself into a cadre of capable men who went on to provide outstanding leadership for the church in the midst of difficult trials. Men like Polycarp of Smyrna, Papias & Apolinarius of Hierapolis, & Melito of Sardis. These and others were mentioned by Polycrates, the bishop of Ephesus in a letter to Victor, a bishop at Rome...

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The First Centuries – Part 04 / An Easter Tussle

https://www.sanctorum.us/podcast-player/1622/the-first-centuries-part-4-an-easter-tussle.mp3Download file | Play in new windowHave you noticed that, generally-speaking, Christians like to argue? Maybe we get it from our spiritual ancestors, the Jews. Once while on a tour of Jerusalem at what are called the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount, our Jewish guide told us that a frequent joke among his people was that where there are 2 Jews, there’s 3 opinions. Yeah; it seems controversy has been a part of the history of The Church since its inception. And maybe that’s really more a “human” tendency than something unique to, or the sole prerogative of...

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The First Centuries Part 03

https://www.sanctorum.us/podcast-player/1601/the-first-centuries-part-3.mp3Download file | Play in new windowIn part 1 we took a look at some of the sociological reason for persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. Then last time we began a narrative-chronology of the waves of persecution and ended with Antonius Pious. A new approach in dealing with Christians was adopted by Marcus Aurelius who reigned form 161–180. Aurelius is known as a philosopher emperor. He authored a volume on Stoic philosophy titled Meditations. It was really more a series of notes to himself, but it became something of a classic of ancient literature. Aurelius bore not...

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The First Centuries – Part 02

https://www.sanctorum.us/podcast-player/1597/the-first-centuries-part-2.mp3Download file | Play in new windowThis is part 2 in our follow-up series on the first centuries in Church History. We’re concentrating on the persecution Jesus’ followers endured. In part 1, we examined the social & civic reasons for persecution in the Roman Empire. The suspicion of nefarious intent by Christians, fueled by their withdrawal from society due to its tacit connection to paganism, morphed into a suspicion of covert actions Jesus’ followers were taking to subvert society. Why were Christians so secretive if they weren’t in fact doing something wrong? And if the rumors were true, Christians...

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The First Centuries – Part 01

https://www.sanctorum.us/podcast-player/1591/the-first-centuries-part-1.mp3Download file | Play in new windowWelcome BACK to Communion Sanctorum: History of the Christian Church. We ended our summary & overview narrative of Church History after 150 episodes; took a few months break, and are back to it again with more episodes which aim to fill in the massive gaps we left before. This time, we’ll do series that go into detail on specific moments, movements, people, places, and other topics. The title of this episode is The First Centuries – Part 1. Ask almost anyone with at least a vague awareness of the early years of the...

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