Talking about images and icons in the early church

I had been planning to continue my series on the Lord's Supper but this weekend I was invited by an Eastern Orthodox Youtube channel to outline my own understanding of the use of imagery in the early church. It'd been awhile since I'd thought much about the subject but I brushed off my notes and … Continue reading Talking about images and icons in the early church

The Lord’s Supper. Part One: Introduction and Scripture

What follows will be a post, or posts, on the Lord’s Supper in scripture and the early church. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for awhile but to be honest I’ve found it, as a subject, in many ways much more complicated than baptism. The first ever ‘long’ post I did early on was … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper. Part One: Introduction and Scripture

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

The need for society within society. A culture within a culture.

Throughout lockdown, and even a little before, I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with a range of different people either through this blog or other watering holes and gathering points of a sort. The people and contexts are all different but we often end up talking about our faith, what is happening in our societies … Continue reading The need for society within society. A culture within a culture.