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Early Christianity

If The Apostles Had Smartphones

If The Apostles Had Smartphones

Good Friday and Easter Sunday were the 2 prominent events that began the spread of Christianity to what it is today. Since then, 12 Apostles/Disciples were commissioned by Jesus to spread the word of gospel across nations. Spreading the word of gospel has allowed Christianity to develop into something more understood. Join us, and them, on THE adventure beginning with just one powerful command from Jesus Christ! #ITAHSP

Mithras is Our True Crown

Mithraism was a mystery religion that existed in the Roman Empire from the 1st to 4th century CE. This mystery religion revolved around the deity Mithras, and had seven degrees of initiation within its cults. As the notion of ‘mystery religion’ might suggest, the cult of Mithras is, well, mysterious, and very little is actually known about it. However, we offer a glimpse into this secretive cult as our story follows the journey of an unnamed Mithraic priest recalling his initiation into the cult of Mithras. We invite any readers to read through our tale, and render mystery a little less mysterious.

Jesus: Who Do You Say I Am?

There were many different theories about who Jesus really is, that existed in the period directly after his death, around the 1st century CE to the 5th century CE. Today, these different theories are known as heresies. It’s worth noting that one of those theories was accepted as the orthodox position in the early church. These heresies are crucial to the history of Christianity because it has allowed for the debate over Jesus' nature and has therefore helped to shape Christianity into what we know today. What happened before the divinity of Jesus was established? Who was he really?

Athanasius Against the World

Athanasius Against the World

We all know that most Christians today believe that Jesus is God. What most of us don’t know, however, is that the notion that Jesus is God was not always accepted, and this notion should not be taken for granted. For this, we have to thank Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, otherwise known as Athanasius Against the World, who fought the hard and long battle to establish Jesus as God. Who exactly is this man, and what did he do for the early church?

Development of the New Testament Canon

Development of the New Testament Canon

The complexity of the development of the New Testament Canon indicates how authenticity is viewed subjectively (just like historical interpretations). It was difficult to interpret if the sources were reliable because most of the teachings were conducted orally. Due to the issue of credibility and reliability, the New Testament Canon was universally accepted by those who placed their faith in Christ after a long period of time. Even up to today, some of the books in the Canon were not accepted by some churches.

 

Furthermore, the development of the New Testament Canon also demonstrated the rigor the religious teachings have undergone. Not only did it help to explain how religious libraries such as the Bible were built, it also gave us a deeper understanding on how and why Christianity is practiced in the way it is today.

PPAP: Papal Powers After Persecution

PPAP: Papal Powers After Persecution

With time, Christianity grew from being a small persecuted sect into a widespread and powerful religion. From being in constant danger of capital punishment and having almost no secular influence, the Pope would eventually become someone bearing supreme authority in the religious order, and heavy political influences in secular governance. Follow us as we explore this change in power over the course of history, starting from Saint Peter the martyred and ending with Pope Gregory II, who helped prevent an invasion of Rome.