Questions tagged [church-history]

The history of the Church following the book of Acts

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
1answer
76 views

Who compiled the Canons of Dort?

I have found many articles and discussions online regarding the Canons of Dort but have yet to find who was actually instrumental in formulating this document. Can anyone tell me or link to some ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

How did the Council of Nicea get such a bad rap? [closed]

I’ve heard countless arguments from Atheists and Muslims that the 1st Council of Nicea banned books from the Bible, hid inconvenient truths, expunged Mohammed from the Bible and so on, we know that ...
1
vote
0answers
20 views

Evidence for the authenticity of relics relics such as the True Cross? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is any evidence for the authenticity of various relics such as pieces of the "true cross".
2
votes
1answer
128 views

Was the KJV “too highly colored in many places with the party ideas and opinions of those who made it”?

In the Emphatic Diaglott, the second paragraph under the heading "To the Reader" states: But can it be fairly said that such is the case with our present English Version? We opine not. ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

Was the matter of whether the Christians who had renounced their faith under torture should be accepted back considered in the First Council?

Was the question of whether to accept back into the Church those who, under torture, renounced their Christian faith, was considered at the First Ecumenical Council of 325? The wiki page on the First ...
5
votes
1answer
115 views

Is there any historical evidence that the early church believed in the doctrine of intercession of saints during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD?

Motivated by a related question, I would like to know if there is any historical evidence that the early church believed in the doctrine of intercession of saints during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
-2
votes
0answers
37 views

What evidence exists that a fulfilled eschatology (full or strongly partial preterism) view was held in the early Church?

What is the strongest non-canonical evidence for a fulfilled eschatology (full or strong partial preterism) view being held to some significant extent in the early Church (in particular, Jesus' ...
-3
votes
2answers
53 views

Sin as a goal of man [closed]

God created Man. Only difference between human and animal is possibiity of sin. Hence God create man for only this purpose, commit sin. And from sin we glorify God. Are there exists in the past/...
2
votes
2answers
80 views

Are there any accounts of “words of knowledge” taking place outside of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations?

First of all, let me clarify what I mean by "Word of Knowledge" to avoid confusions. I'm particularly interested in the following definition from Wikipedia: [...] It can also be defined as ...
2
votes
4answers
132 views

What are the origins and history of the practice of holding massive healing crusades in large stadiums or arenas?

For some time I've been interested in the topic of Christian revivals throughout history. In particular, Argentina stands out in my opinion during the second half of the 20th century with a track ...
-1
votes
3answers
99 views

Calvinist and Arminian debate before the 16th century?

For some 500 years after the reformation, the Calvinist and Arminian debate is still ongoing on, both between scholars and layman Christians. You can simply google or search in youtube how much hatred ...
4
votes
1answer
83 views

When was the term 'substitutionary atonement' first coined and what was the reason for the choice of the 2 words?

The term 'substitutionary atonement' has been used within Trinitarian, Protestant, Reformed Baptist circles for some time, and it is those I wish to examine in this question. But the word 'substitute' ...
2
votes
2answers
83 views

Mitred women in the Catholic Church?

Mitred women in the Catholic Church? Historically, we know that there were women in the Early Church, who were non-ordained deaconesses. I know that male deacons and even kings have been given the ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Introduction to Catholicism, Protestantism, Presbyterianism, Anglican and Eastern Christian for kids

I'm quite ignorant on such different Christianity religions, on their history, main differences, and relations etc, so quite handicapped in introducing such to my 7 years old boy. I noticed there's a ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified?

What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified? What I’ve heard is Peter was about the same age as Jesus (30-33), while John was an older teenage, approximately 18. This ...
0
votes
1answer
151 views

Are there cases of popular atheists who used to publicly defend atheism (via debates, books, etc.) but eventually ended up converting to Christianity? [closed]

Examples of popular atheists known for participating in debates with believers and publicly defending atheistic positions are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and pretty much the ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

What are the early Church Fathers' views on the veneration/honoring of Saints

I recently watched a video from the youtube channel Ascension Presents and Fr. Mike Schmitz on whether or not Catholics worship the saints. He quoted St. Augustine who said that we give the saints ...
4
votes
1answer
104 views

Did John Calvin say “The worst of plagues is human reason”?

I have searched high and low for the source of this quote, attributed to John Calvin, but to no avail. This link provides approximately 425 quotes, but I could not find "The worst of plagues is ...
3
votes
2answers
121 views

Are there any records of animal-like behaviors outside the “Toronto Blessing”?

The so-called "Toronto Blessing" is well known for the controversy around the many reports of very strange manifestations. Among them, animal-like behaviors, such as walking or barking like ...
4
votes
4answers
119 views

When was the “Evangelist” title first applied to the Gospel authors?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are known as the "Four Evangelists" because they are believed to have written the four canonical Gospels. The word "evangelist" means a messenger of ...
2
votes
2answers
211 views

What were the views of the Church Fathers on Jews and Judaism during the Patristic Era?

I am currently learning about the holocaust in History class right now. It was mentioned that during the Middle Ages, some Christians were anti-semitic. I wondered how the Early Church (Pre-Schism) ...
1
vote
3answers
234 views

How do seventh day Sabbatarians explain the lack of Sabbath observing following Spirit led revivals?

Thinking a lot about the controversial matter of whether Christians should keep the Sabbath in a strict literal sense (from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday), after looking at the problem from ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Is there any historical evidence of Sabbath keeping by Gentiles during the first centuries of Christianity?

Did Gentiles use to keep the Sabbath (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday) during the first centuries of Christianity? How widespread was the practice in comparison with Sunday meetings? What does the ...
5
votes
2answers
112 views

St. Albans Psalter - history of manuscripts used to translate the Psalms

Recently I had cause to do research into the St. Albans Psalter. My task was to ascertain if the Latin translation of the Psalms was biblical and to establish which manuscripts formed the basis for ...
-2
votes
1answer
104 views

What are the oldest records of “gold teeth” miracles in Church History?

Claims of unexpected and spontaneous fillings or full restorations of teeth with gold are not unheard of in many faith healing services and other religious gatherings. For example, in a video recorded ...
3
votes
1answer
103 views

How did Luther have access to the Masoretic Text?

I understand that Luther and others translated the Old Testament into German from the Hebrew Text. How was the Hebrew text accessible/available to them in the 16th century?
-3
votes
2answers
212 views

What are the reasons to justify the use of ”Shekinah” in Christianity?

Shekinah [It is not the hebrew word shâkhan (to dwell), but a proper name] is described as “The presence of God”, but also as “the female aspect of God”. But in the Targum, Talmud and Midrash she (...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

Why did ancient catechumens delay baptism as long as possible?

The Wikipedia articles on affusion and catechesis contain the following (unsourced) claims: The most common use [of affusion], however, was for ill or dying people who could not rise from their beds. ...
3
votes
0answers
38 views

Why did the 'storm' not remove the Unitarian from the Revision Committee that produced the 1881 Revised Version?

Prior to Westcott and Hort influencing the Revision Committee which produced the 1881 Revised Version (the supposed 'revision' of the Authorised Version which, in fact, replaced the Received Text with ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

Is there a book that details what the popes said against reformation leaders?

Can anyone recommend a book that have all the declarations, laws, statements, etc of popes during the times of reformers like Tyndale, Luther, etc.?
6
votes
2answers
172 views

Who first came up with the “four attributes of Scripture”?

There's a lot written about the "four attributes of Scripture", meaning it's "Sufficient, Necessary, Authoritative and Perspicuous". On the other hand, most sources (like this one) ...
6
votes
1answer
103 views

What bible translation did the Unitarians use in 19th century America?

I have been recently reading a lot of Emerson and through this reading I came to know something about William Ellery Channing (the Elder), who was the main voice of American Unitarianism in the 19th ...
4
votes
2answers
110 views

What is the earliest claim that Jesus Christ kept the law of Moses on behalf of others?

J N Darby and William Kelly, those responsible for the Plymouth Brethren movement in the mid to late 1800s, did not accept the concept that, during his earthly life, Jesus Christ kept the law on ...
4
votes
2answers
497 views

What are the origins and history of shaking, trembling, jerking, contorting, collapsing, fainting and similar manifestations in Christianity?

I'm interested in learning about the origins and evolution throughout Church history of manifestations such as shaking, trembling, jerking, contorting, collapsing or fainting attributed to the Holy ...
1
vote
0answers
81 views

Who was the first christian? [closed]

Jesus is said to have been born a Jew, and the same goes for his followers. So then who was the first christian?
5
votes
3answers
174 views

Why did the Bishop of Rome accept (and retains until today) the title “Pontifex Maximus” and how were the rights and duties transferred/transformed?

According to the annual yearbook of the Catholic Church, the Bishop of Rome holds many other titles: Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal ...
7
votes
1answer
288 views

Did Thomas Pearne do anything other than contradict Granville Sharp?

Granville Sharp (1735 - 1813) see Wikipedia is famous for his stoical labours in eradicating slavery and for his energetic achievement in re-patriating former slaves to Sierra Leone. Although he has a ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

2 cities called Caesarea?

This may be in the wrong forum but I’ll try. I google searched this at length yesterday but my search terms must be lacking something as the mystery got worse not better. We’re there more than one ...
8
votes
2answers
138 views

Did 17th century Reformed Christians reject textual criticism?

The Westminster Confession says the following: WCF 1.8: The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of ...
0
votes
3answers
175 views

Who assigned the gospel authors originally?

According to the theory of the originally anonymous gospels, the titles of the most ancient surviving manuscripts were added later on. I would like to know: For each gospel, how many different, ...
4
votes
2answers
151 views

What does it mean that the Believers Eastern Church (in Asia) is an “Ancient-Future Church”?

Recently I was asked a question about the Believers Eastern Church and have been doing some research to find out what they believe. Here is part of what I discovered: The founder and current ...
1
vote
2answers
116 views

How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church?

How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church? We know that in the Old Testament priests needed to be ritually pure in order to perform rituals. How is this idea implemented ...
1
vote
1answer
28 views

The celebrant’s position and proximity to the participants

We know that the apostles were present in a face to face relation to Jesus at the Lord's Supper. When did the celebrants of the later Eucharist turn their backs on the participants, and why? Also ...
2
votes
2answers
101 views

In 1820 how were the Canons of Durango installed?

I am trying to figure out the date when Agustín Fernández became canon priest of Durango, Mexico. I know these steps were taken: Some time in 1820, the bishop and cathedral chapter chose him as canon,...
22
votes
7answers
4k views

What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

Christians have lived through many major plagues, epidemics, and pandemics over the past two thousand years. Some of the most severe pandemics were the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death, both of ...
2
votes
3answers
126 views

What did Catholics do to ease the time and maintain hope during historical pestilences such as the Black Plague?

What did Catholics (and other Christians, if applicable) do to ease the time of historical pestilences such as the Black Plague (1347 to 1351), especially in quarantine areas? I can imagine that ...
3
votes
1answer
79 views

Did the Gospel Standard Baptists and the (original) Plymouth Brethren comment on unity between themselves?

It seems to me a great shame that the Gospel Standard Baptists, in the days of such as J C Philpot, during the mid 19th century, did not have some kind of unity with the early movement of the Plymouth ...
3
votes
0answers
77 views

Whence did 'with the Holy Spirit' get added to the prayer “One is Holy, One is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen”?

In Western Christian worship, there is a part where the faithful say "One is Holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, (together) with the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen." In Eastern ...
5
votes
2answers
179 views

What innovations in ethics occurred within Christendom during the 9th Century?

I am looking for any noteworthy developments, formulations, or codifications of ethics that occurred between 770 and 890 AD in any country or empire that was nominally Christian. If the answer relates ...
3
votes
1answer
130 views

Were the debates between Gnostics and orthodox Christians recorded and preserved?

Gnosticism was an early Christian sect that taught mysticism, rejected Jewish scriptures, such as the Hebrew Bible, and felt that Jesus' teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection were mere appearances. ...

1
2 3 4 5
14