In the early centuries of the church, there were several debates surrounding the baptism of heretics and its efficacy. A church council under Cyprian of Carthage on this topic stated in the 3rd century: Primus of Misgirpa said: I decide, that every man who comes to us from heresy must be baptized. For in vain … Continue reading Confirmation: One Lord, One Faith… One Baptism?
In the last week or so a story has been making the rounds of a Muslim convert to Christianity being refused asylum in the UK. The reason is because the Home Office has determined that Christianity is not more peaceful than Islam, which was a partial justification for the conversion, and therefore rejects the authenticity … Continue reading The Home Office’s Hostile Environment for Converts
I recently finished going through Yoram Hazony’s book “The Virtue of Nationalism” which I have come away from with really mixed thoughts. Some things resonated with me incredibly powerfully but there were other areas that left me somewhat concerned. What follows is an attempt to articulate what I imagine are both the good and the … Continue reading Thoughts on Hazony’s “The Virtue of Nationalism”
I'm currently reading David Frye's good book entitled "Walls: A History of Civilisation in Blood and Brick" and he uses the construction of walls to demarcate between 'civilisation' on one side and the 'wilderness' on the other. This got me thinking about the disposition and historic residence of the Church along these lines. Walls create … Continue reading Christianity as the urban religion