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    In the Readings on Early Christianity, there are three major figures of early Christianity introduced: St. Antony, St. Augustine, and St. Patrick. Each Saint had their story, journey, and reasoning to believe in what they believed in. Especially in the spiritual and physical realms aspect, their beliefs may be similar, but one is definitely more convinced than the others that “the spiritual is as real as the physical.” Unlike the other major leaders exposed in this booklet, St. Patrick is a great example of this assumption due to his thankfulness of God’s grace on his life and of others, his gift from God, and the differences he made on countless of lives. St. Patrick had an unbelievable journey in his life that made him appreciate God’s grace. When he was about sixteen, he was held captive by Irish slave-traders until God showed the light to goodness. From that time on, he “converted with all [his] heart to the Lord [his] God, who had regard for [his] abjection and mercy on [his] youth and ignorance, and watched over [him] before [he] knew Him, and…

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    Concepts of Christianity Early Christianity is an important part of History, it allows us to get an inside look at ways they determined what was right within their religion, heresy they had to review and dispute, and their overall concern with the doctrine, which together, made up Christianity at that time. Religion today is much more refined, Christians participate in church, reading scripture in their spare time, as well as teaching to non-believers. It is easy to be a Christian in todays…

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    Top 10 Craziest Facts About the Origins of Christianity (That They Don’t Teach You In Sunday School) Christianity is currently the world’s largest religion, with around 2.4 billion followers worldwide (LINK 1). Those of us who were raised Christian, or in predominantly Christian countries like America (where 83% of the population identifies as Christian and almost all of the U.S. Presidents have been Christian), are pretty well versed in the basics of Christianity’s history and tenets: Egypt,…

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    Syncretism is an attempt to bring together beliefs from different schools of thought. Almost every religion has some form of syncretism. Christianity for instance, was focused on the Judaic thought and there were numerous practices that were picked up which were clearly not part of early Christianity. For instance while celebrating Christmas, the tree, and feasts are all Pagan rituals that were incorporated into Christianity as a means to convert the non – Christians (Maroney, 2006). Another…

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    in the Christianity of the early church. As I was studying this subject the words of Isaiah 53:7-8 began to resonate in my heart. In this we see Jesus’ sacrifice and the martyrdom of the disciples of Jesus Christ that reveals the missiology of Christianity in the early church. Opened not His mouth speaks of the Servant’s willingness to die for sinners; it also marks His dignity and authority as a lamb to the slaughter. To be cut off from the land of the living: This language clearly indicates…

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    be a wonderful and breath taking event, and are the causation of God. A miracle can be personal, meaning that it has only occurred and affected you, that you have been the only being touched by it. Hendrik Van der Loos states that comparative religion reveals that belief in miracles is universal, “In every religion we find miracles resembling those of Judaism, Christianity and Catholicism. They are all acts through faith and for faith, with the sole difference that they relate to varied…

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    At the beginning of the program most of my theological questions were around getting clarity about early Christianity through historical and contemporary text. My interest in early Christianity is to gain more knowledge about how I can apply the early teachings and traditions into my own practice of Christianity. My faith gets stronger with the more knowledge I acquire and in return make relevant in my life. The theological questions that I have now are in regards to how Christianity is viewed…

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    History in Christianity actually began with prophecy in the old testament. The three major branches in christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and protestantism,with numerous subcategories within each of these branches. Christianity is a religion based on the person and teaching of Jesus. christianity is a religion that most people in the world us. Not everyone is a christian, there are many other different religions in the world also.It all started about 2000 years ago in…

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    Forced out of their synagogues for several doctrinal disagreements, early Christians, who were predominately Jewish, began gathering in the only place they could for worship, each others homes. Although the exclusion from temple worship was meant to bring the new sect of Judaism known as Christianity to an end, the first century house church became an incubator for the infant faith. Communion being such an essential aspect of early Christian worship, breaking bread together was primarily their…

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    In The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity, David Brakke argues for an approach for the rethinking of Gnosticism and its rejection by the Church. Gnosticism reveals as a diverse set of beliefs different from that of the early Christians. This book displays scholarly debates on the interpretation of Gnosticism and the ancient Christians. Some scholars argue that Gnosticism is a mark of imperfection and individuals should simply ignore it. On the other hand, modern scholars…

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