How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten

Sparta, Rome and Christianity Historian Tom Holland made a name for himself as a historian before his namesake was cast as Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe..  I first came across his books in the library and I read three of them: Persian Fire, which is about the wars between Greece and Rome, Rubicon, … Continue reading How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten

#91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

I've always loved history.  Throughout my life, one of the most impacting times was when I came in contact with the great tradition of the history of my faith.  Over the years I have spent time reading, and learning from, spiritual masters who have gone before.  I've also wrestled with questions and thought long about … Continue reading #91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus

In my journey through reading Christian classics, I recently read Basil of Caesarea's On the Holy Spirit.  Basil was good friends with Gregory of Nazianzus, together with Basil's brother Gregory they are known as the Cappadocian Fathers.  Their writings were hugely influential in solidifying the doctrine of the Trinity leading up to the Council of … Continue reading Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus

Basil of Caesarea’s On the Holy Spirit

I recently read through Basil of Caesarea's classic work On the Holy Spirit.  Basil is one of the Cappadocian fathers and this work on the Holy Spirit was hugely influential in the Council of Constantinople's editing and affirmation of the Nicene Creed, including stronger language on the deity of the Spirit.  This work is also … Continue reading Basil of Caesarea’s On the Holy Spirit

Know the Creeds, Councils and Heretics by Justin Holcomb

Justin Holcomb has done the Church a favor in publishing two books: Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils.  Both can serve as great introductions to the history of Christian theology, including both what Christians believe and why they believe it.  I could see these books both being used in small group studies … Continue reading Know the Creeds, Councils and Heretics by Justin Holcomb

Unity and Diversity (Listening to the Saints)

I am writing a series of posts as devotionals for my college students this summer.  Many of these have been inspired by Pascal's Pensees, but I am also reading portions of the early church fathers.  This post is inspired by Clement of Rome. There is debate in scholarly circles, but in general all the books … Continue reading Unity and Diversity (Listening to the Saints)