Church History


NEW CHNetwork Community Question: What Was Your View of Church History?

October 11, 2016

Many of our members say that it was the study of Church history that was among the main factors that led them to begin to take Catholicism seriously.  If all you know about the Catholic Church from the 1st century to the 15th is what you’ve read in public school textbooks or seen on the History Channel, it can can be an eye-opening experience to look into it for yourself!  All that brings us to this week’s CHNetwork Community Question: ... more

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