Tag Archives: Christianity

Catching Fire- A Poem for Pentecost

We stayed locked behind closed doors Safe from the rest of the world Wondering what the future held Would things ever be the way they were? Should we just give up? Return home And pretend like our worlds had not … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 3-2:Byzantium, Triangles and the Quest for Stasis

One of the things I’ve been doing as I took an extended break from my more historical work on the place of authority within society and religion was to do some broader thinking about where this all might be heading … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-6: The Constantinian Revolution Part 2-Councils, Canons and Creeds

Icon of the Council of Nicea I mentioned in an early post (see the Place of Authority 2-3) that Christianity came into contact with the Greek culture and even though Christianity attempted to remain true to its Jewish roots, the … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-3:The Early Church’s Identity Problem

Image of Christ Pantocrator (Almighty or Lord of Hosts), Hagia Sopia, Istanbul, Turkey When a movement is centered on one person who is no longer present in a corporeal (bodily) form that the members of that movement can continue to … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority 2-2: Rome’s Christian Problem

Anti-Christian Graffito from the Paedagogium, part of the Imperial Palace on the Palatine Hill, Rome On the 18th and 19th of July of 64 CE the city of Rome burned, and of the fourteen districts only four remained relatively untouched. … Continue reading

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The Place of Authority Part 2-1: The Beginning of the Christian Story

Carl Heinrich Bloch, The Sermon on the Mount, Public Domain Image Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to … Continue reading

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Something Different: Church As A Farm Without Fences

I will continue on with my growing project on authority tomorrow, but since I haven’t completed the next post in that series I’m going to do something different today. The question of authority is a very live question, and it … Continue reading

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