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  • The oldest known Marian prayer is from Egypt

    04/29/2017 8:02:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 623 replies
    Aletelia ^ | April 28, 2017 | Philip Kosloski
    The "Sub tuum praesidium" was originally used in an ancient Coptic liturgy As we pray for the success of Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt this weekend, a perfect prayer to use is the oldest known Marian prayer, which in fact, traces back to the pope’s host country.The oldest known Marian prayer is found on an ancient Egyptian papyrus dating from around the year 250. Today known in the Church as the Sub tuum praesidium, the prayer is believed to have been part of the Coptic Vespers liturgy during the Christmas season. Read more: Saint Mark: Father of Coptic Christianity    The original prayer was...
  • What We Need to Learn from the Early Church

    01/07/2017 5:52:32 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 1/6/17 | Tim Keller
    Tim Keller / January 6, 2017 Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World and Why on Earth Did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries?. The earliest Christians were widely ridiculed, especially by cultural elites, were excluded from circles of influence and business, and were often persecuted and put to death. Hurtado says Roman authorities were uniquely hostile...
  • The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization | Duke Pesta and Stefan Molyneux

    09/06/2016 11:16:34 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 573 replies
    YouTube ^ | 160906 | Stefan Molyneux / Duke Pesta
    What was the role of the Catholic Church in building Western Civilization? While the typical mainstream narrative depicts the church as hostile to science and philosophy, it appears that once again the truth about history has been stolen from us. Dr. Duke Pesta joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss the unspoken truth about the impact of the Catholic church on scientific inquiry, philosophy and Western Civilization overall.
  • Is This Cave in Turkey the Place Where Saint Peter Celebrated Mass?

    06/29/2016 4:03:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 207 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 22, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Chapter 11of the Acts of the Apostlessays that Antioch was the city in which, for the first time, the disciples of Jesus were called Christians. Tradition has enthroned Peter as the founder of the Church of Antioch, following the narration of the very same Book of Acts, which tells not only of the arrival of Peter and Barnabas to the Turkish city, but also of their preaching.Moreover, this very same tradition claims that it was in the Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa (Grotto of St. Peter in Aramaic) where Peter would celebrate the Eucharist for this community. That is to...
  • Christianitys Major Pivot-Points [vanity]

    07/19/2016 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 34 replies
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    Christianitys Major Pivot-PointsRecently as I meditated on Scripture, the Holy Spirit drew my attention and interest to how a certain verse embodies a pivoting or inflection-point in Christianitys long story. That caused me to want to derive and list all of the major pivot-points which have occurredthat is, pivotal incidents which substantially changed the course of events in the unfolding of Gods redemptive plan. Your list might be somewhat different, but all these seem to me to be hugely impactful. Chronologically, they are: CREATIONGod creates our physical universe to house us and then He creates us, the first physical creatures...
  • 'Jesus's wife' papyrus is likely a fake, professor now says

    06/20/2016 11:26:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:16 PM EDT
    A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married now says its likely a forgery. In 2012, Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King presented the fragment, which includes the phrase, Jesus said to them, my wife. Since then, other scholars have raised doubts about the fragments authenticity.
  • Gaffe of the Century! NYT Says St. Paul Ordered Christians to Execute Homosexuals

    06/20/2016 4:12:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 19, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    With remarkable insouciance, NYT writers Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez blithely make reference to a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays, meaning Saint Pauls letter to the Romans 1:18-32.As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Times editors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves.The Times report, titled After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands, follows on the fatal shooting of...
  • Amateur archaeologist finds Denmarks oldest crucifix

    05/17/2016 8:42:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    cphpost.dk ^ | 5-17-16 | Christian W
    When amateur archaeologist Dennis Fabricius Holm got off work early last Friday and decided to spend a couple of hours searching a little field in Funen with his metal detector, little did he know he was about to make history. Holm stumbled across one of the most extraordinary finds in recent times near the little town of Aunslev when he discovered a crucifix that dates back about 1,100 years Denmarks oldest crucifix ever found. It could rewrite Danish history. Its a completely sensational find that dates back to the first half of the 900s, Malene Refshauge Beck, a curator...
  • A 1500-Year-Old Underground Byzantine Church Is Found in Turkey

    05/13/2016 6:21:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/11/16 | Daniel Esparza
    Unearthed in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia, the unique church contains remarkable frescoesLast February, archaeologists unearthed a unique rock-carved underground church in Nevsehir, in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. The church was decorated with never before seen frescoes depicting Jesus’ Ascension, the Final Judgement, Jesus feeding the multitudes, and portraits of saints and prophets. The discovery, made during excavations and cleaning operations in an underground city recently uncovered as part of an urban project in Nevsehir, is located within a castle that might date back to the fifth century. Authorities expect it will make Cappadocia an even more...
  • 'Sistine Chapel of the Early Middle Ages' buried for a millenium by an earthquake reopens

    03/23/2016 9:35:07 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 23, 2016 | Nick Squires,
    A 1,500-year-old church which was buried under debris from an earthquake for more than a millennium has reopened to the public after a painstaking restoration of some of the worlds earliest Christian art. The sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua is located in the ancient Roman Forum, at the bottom of the Palatine Hill, where Roman emperors lived for centuries in sumptuous palaces.
  • Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick

    03/17/2016 4:56:31 AM PDT · by 2banana · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | March, 2016 | David Kithcart
    Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick Before all the festivities focused on shamrocks and leprechauns and good luck wishes, there was truly something to celebrate: a man willing to stand in the gap for Jesus Christ. It was an act of defiance that changed the course of a nation. Patrick lit a fire in pagan 5th century Ireland, ushering Christianity into the country. Who was this man who became the patron saint of Ireland? Ireland was a beautiful island shrouded in terrible darkness. Warlords and druids ruled the land. But across the sea in Britain, a teen-ager was poised...
  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies
    He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen. St. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the most revered philosophers and theologians of any era. A 13th-century Dominican friar, his works include the “Summa Theologica” and several groundbreaking commentaries on the works of Aristotle. Over 750 years ago, he also had some prescient words about the spread of Islam, shared via Breitbart. In his work “Summa Contra Gentiles” — in which he argued for the truth of Christianity against other religions — he blasted Islam as a carnal, brutal religion which seemed to place earthly pleasures...
  • For centuries, Islam and Christianity were locked in a brutal conflict most have forgotten.

    11/21/2015 3:58:36 AM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/21/12 | Tom Holland
    Unsurprisingly, then, during the 8th century, Muslims began to conceive of the world as divided between the House of Islam and a Christian 'House of War', sinister in its disbelief, obdurate in its defiance of the message of the Holy Koran. Sayings became attributed to Muhammad which cast warfare in the cause of the Muslim God as a duty of the Faithful, such as: 'I was ordered to fight all men until they say, 'There is no god but Allah.' ' Slaughtering Christians was cast not merely as an option for dutiful Muslims, but as a positive obligation. One veteran...
  • Ralph Peters: 2000 Years of Christian Civilization Destroyed on Obamas Watch

    09/21/2015 2:45:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/20/15 | Debra Heine
    The Islamic State has managed to destroy two thousand years of Christian civilization in the Middle East in just a couple of years, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters noted on The OReilly Factor last week. And he placed the blame squarely on President Obamas cowardly, feckless, incompetent foreign policy.ISIS has been spreading across the Middle East like a plague of locusts, and as they have spread, they have targeted religious minorities, particularly Christians, for destruction. In Syria, tens of thousands of Assyrian Christians have been attacked and displaced.They are the forgotten refugees.A Catholic priest who visited Kurdish Iraq last fall described...
  • The Early Church on Homosexuality

    08/01/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Reformed Reader ^ | 7/18/15 | Shane Lems
    In the days of the early church Im thinking specifically of the 2nd century Christian apologists had to defend the faith against false charges, accusations, and misrepresentations. One such apologist, Athenagoras (d. 200 AD?), wrote a booklet to Roman rulers called A Plea for the Christians. This apology by Athenagoras is still quite relevant today because it discusses things we still talk about today. Ill come back to this booklet later, but for now I want to point out what this 2nd century Christian apologist said about sexual immorality and homosexuality. Athenagoras refuted the claim or accusation that...
  • Mystery reliquary found under Americas first Protestant church

    07/30/2015 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Madeleine Teahan
    Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy Historians have discovered four bodies and a mystery Catholic reliquary under the first English Protestant church in America.In an extraordinary turn of events, graves have been discovered under what used to be the floor of America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia – the church where Pocahontas married the English colonist John Rolfe.The graves include the bodies of Captain William West, who was killed by Indians, Rev Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister and Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the first English knight buried in America. The grave of...
  • Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

    06/29/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 305 replies
    Reclaiming the Mind ^ | April 25,2015 | C Michael Patton
    Definition of Sola Scriptura Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant belief that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all,sola scriptura itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed nonnormata Lat. norm that norms which is not normed). Scripture is the norma normans sed non normata norm that norms which is...
  • The whitewashing of Englands Catholic history

    06/16/2015 8:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    catholicherald.co.uk ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | Ed West
    Last week I was writing about Magna Carta and how the Catholic Churchs role has been written out, in particular the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. But the same could also be said about much of English history from 600AD to 1600; from the very first law code written in English, which begins with a clause protecting Church property, to the intellectual flourishing of the 13th century, led by churchmen such as Roger Bacon, the Franciscan friar who foresaw air travel. However, the whitewashing of English Catholic history is mainly seen in three areas: political liberty, economic...
  • To Be Deep in History

    05/15/2015 2:05:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 147 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | 5/15/2015 | Keith Mathison
    The nineteenth century witnessed the conversions of two prominent Anglican clergymen to Roman Catholicism. Both men would ultimately become cardinals in the Roman Church, and both men would profoundly influence Roman Catholic theology. The first was John Henry Newman (18011890). The second was Henry Edward Manning (18081892). Newman is probably most well known for his involvement in the high church Oxford Movement and for his Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845). Manning is best known for his advocacy of social justice and for his strong support of the doctrine of papal infallibility following his conversion to Rome. He...
  • April Fool's Day is a Catholic Thing

    04/01/2015 5:16:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    Okay, so it isn't really Catholic thing per se, but the origin of April Fool's Day is actually found in the Church. A lot of people don't know this, so here's how the story goes. On February 24, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued the papal bull Inter Gravissimas which established the Gregorian calendar (which gets it's name from this pope) as the official calendar for the Christian world. With this pronouncement, the Julian calendar was replaced and the first day of the new year was moved to January 1. Those who continued to observe it on April 1, whether out...