Church History

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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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Deacon George Butterfield

June 14, 2016

George Butterfield was a shy kid who dreaded the coming-of-age public profession of faith that was customary in the country church he attended. It just so happened that when the time came for him to stand up in front of the congregation, much to his relief, the power went out! George thought he’d be spared the scrutiny of the occasion, until a parishioner insisted on driving his car into the church’s foyer and shining its high beams on George for the ceremony.  We challenge you to not smile ... 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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Rod Bennett: Former Baptist & Evangelical

May 9, 2016

A long time friend of the Coming Home Network, Rod Bennett, joined Marcus for an episode of the Journey Home that should spark the interest of any history buff.  In his latest book, “The Apostasy That Wasn’t,” Rod sets out to challenge some common assumptions about what happened to the Church between the age of the apostles and the Reformation.  Was there really a thousand year period when the Holy Spirit was absent from salvation history?  Citing the Fathers of the Church, and even more recent theologians like John ... more
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Give Grace a Chance

May 9, 2016

Erma Bombeck once said of those born on Christmas day, “There are 364 other days to choose from, but you were chosen to enter the world on a day when peace and joy reign.” I was one of two babies born the morning of December 25, 1946 at a hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona, having to wait my turn while the other baby was brought into the world. My father jokes about how he nearly ran over a Catholic priest upon leaving the hospital, his tires sliding on the ice down a steep Flagstaff ... 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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Kirk Ross, former Church of God – Abrahamic Faith

March 21, 2016

Kirk Ross speaks of growing up in northern Illinois in a faithful home in which his father, both grandfathers and his uncle were ministers in the Church of God – Abrahamic Faith tradition.  It was a theology based strictly on sola scriptura with a high regard for individual study and interpretation.  Kirk fit right in and approached his faith intellectually.  It was during his graduate studies in Austria, a country with a heavy concentration of Catholics, that he met a Catholic woman who would challenge his beliefs.  Their eventual marriage would ... 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