Christianity is a historical Faith. Christianity is rooted in the historical facts of Jesus's life. The Church, which is His Body, has lived, grown, and matured in space and time. The surest way to know Jesus and His Church is through the study of history, both biblical and post-biblical.

We hope these resources take you deep into the history of Christ's Church and thereby deeper into Christ.

Deep in History Videos

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The English Counter-Reformation – Fr. Charles Connor – Deep in History

September 15, 2016

Many are familiar with the Catholic Counter-Reformation that took place on the European continent in response to Martin Luther and other reformers.  Less well known is what the Counter-Reformation looked like in England as a response to the schism led by King Henry VIII.  Fr. Charles Connor explores the relationship between Catholics and Anglicans in England in the decades following the split between the Church of England and the Church of Rome. ... more
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Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher: Martyrs of Conscience – Dr. Scott Hahn – Deep in History

September 8, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Dr. Scott Hahn discusses two great saints of the English Reformation: Thomas More, who died “the king’s good servant, but God’s first,” and John Fisher, the only bishop in England who refused to acknowledge King Henry VIII’s unlawful divorce. Both received the crown of martyrdom for their commitment to conscience. In a day and age where so many, even religious leaders, are willing to compromise their principles in order to do what is considered expedient in the eyes of a society ... more
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The Schism: Influences from Henry VIII to Elizabeth – Msgr Frank Lane – Deep in History

August 5, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Msgr Frank Lane discusses how the troubled relationship between England and Rome evolved from the schism of Henry VIII through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Msgr Lane looks at the key historical points necessary to understand contemporary efforts toward reconciliation between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church. ... more
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The Fathers Know Best: Scripture and Tradition in the Early Church – Patrick Madrid – Deep in History

June 16, 2016

In this Deep in History lecture, Patrick Madrid addresses a common question regarding Scripture- with thousands of different perspectives on the Bible, whose should be trusted? Patrick explains how the best way to understand disputed passages of Scripture is to look at the way they were interpreted by those closest to the apostles- the Early Church Fathers, who, through the medium of Sacred Tradition, preserved the understanding of the Bible that the Catholic Church upholds today. ... more
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England’s Catholic Patrimony – Deacon Dwight Longenecker – Deep in History

June 10, 2016

Before he was ordained a Catholic priest through the Church’s pastoral provision, Deacon Dwight Longenecker gave a presentation to the 2006 Deep in History conference on the history of Catholicism in England.  Using his own country parish in the Isle of Wight as a jumping off point, he walks us through the Catholic patrimony of England, up to the English reformation, all the way to the present day.  Anyone interested in the English literary and theological tradition will find plenty to chew on in this lecture! ... more
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Church Authority and the Holy Trinity – Msgr Frank Lane – Deep in History

May 22, 2016

In this Deep in History lecture from 2009, Msgr Frank Lane discusses the mystery of the Trinity, and why the authority of the Church is necessary for preserving our understanding of it.  Along the way, he explains how a culture of radical individualism is ultimately a rejection of the Trinity. ... more
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Roots of the Continental Reformation with Marcus Grodi

May 10, 2016

In this installment of Deep in History, Marcus Grodi looks at the series of events and ideas that made the 16th century ripe for a massive split in European Christianity. From disillusionment with Church authority, to the boom of literacy in the Renaissance era, to the rise of individualism, Marcus explores the fundamental shift in the way Europe looked at what it meant to be Christian during the days leading up to the Reformation. ... more
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Catholic Response to the Reformation with Bishop Frederick Campbell

April 22, 2016

Bishop Frederick Campbell (PhD in history from The Ohio State University) discusses the Catholic response to the corruption in the Catholic Church as it emerged from the Middle Ages. Bishop Campbell particularly focuses on the Council of Trent and its implementation and St. Charles Borromeo’s influence. ... more
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Calvin and the Radical Reformation

April 5, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Howell, former Presbyterian pastor, university professor, and author, gives an understanding of John Calvin and the part he played in the Reformation. Calvin, who may have been more influential than Martin Luther, believed that it was not he who was leaving the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, but that the “Romanists” (i.e. Catholics) already had. Dr. Howell delves into the history and theology of Calvin and Calvinist spirit. ... more
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Martin Luther

March 16, 2016

Dr. Paul Thigpen, author, Church historian, and former Evangelical minister, describes the monumental figure Martin Luther as “a figure of great complexity and contradiction.” In this 2005 Deep in History talk, Dr. Thigpen reveals points about Martin Luther’s life and ideology that Thigpen struggled with as a Protestant, including Luther’s early life, attitudes toward the Catholic Church, and his views on the human person. ... more
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The Forerunners of the Reformation

March 1, 2016

Dr. Scott Hahn, former Presbyterian pastor, journeys through the intellectual and cultural ideologies, as well as the historical figures, that led up to the Protestant Reformation. Dr. Hahn give special focus to the necessity of the papacy. ... more