The Lord’s Supper. Part Two: The Early Church, 1st-3rd Century

In my first entry I looked at practices in scripture around the Lord’s Supper. In this entry we’ll be looking at what the earliest Father’s of the church believed on the subject.  In the 17th century the Primate of Ireland James Ussher publicly wrote in response to a Jesuit Polemicist on the subject of the … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper. Part Two: The Early Church, 1st-3rd Century

Cults, Christianity and Creation

Cult of Saints, Urbs, and Creation A while ago I wrote a series on the rise of the Cult of the Saints and its relationship to Martyrdom, Relics and the like. One of the key texts that helped introduce me to the topic was Peter Brown’s book ‘The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and … Continue reading Cults, Christianity and Creation

The Radical Reformation and Medieval Piety through the lens of Balthasar Hubmaier

I was out walking today and praying as I went. As I did I felt prompted to reflect on the fact that despite being raised in the Church of England I distinctly remember feeling the pull towards the radical reformation from a young age. Now that interest has varied over time but there was something … Continue reading The Radical Reformation and Medieval Piety through the lens of Balthasar Hubmaier

The Impact of How Newman and Manning Read the Past on Their Tradition

Anyone who has spent any time at the intersection of various Christian traditions on Church History will likely have encountered Newman’s “To be deep into history is to cease to be Protestant.” and I’m adding nothing new really by reminding the reader that Newman’s own position here was actually quite innovative for the time. Despite … Continue reading The Impact of How Newman and Manning Read the Past on Their Tradition

Brief Thoughts on Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk

As part of an online reading group I’ve joined we’re starting out by reading the essay ‘Ten Conservative Principles’ by Russell Kirk which you can read for yourself online here. It’s fairly lengthy but the essay opens with a rather illuminating statement: Being neither a religion nor an ideology, the body of opinion termed conservatism … Continue reading Brief Thoughts on Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk