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Category: Episodes

The Canon of Scripture and How Christians Know Anything About Christianity What is the relationship between the canon of Scripture, the Church’s authority and what the ways Christians are able to know anything about Christian revelation? Read More
The Study of History and the Current Crisis in the Catholic Church How can a Catholic Christian find clarity about the recent scandals in the Church? In this episode, we talk about the importance of evaluating information historically, even if that information is only two to three days old. Read More
Jerome and the Knowledge of Hebrew in Early Church Why were there so few Christians during Jerome’s time who had a firm command of the Hebrew language? In this episode, we respond to a listener’s question concerning the knowledge of Hebrew in the ancient church. Read More
The Bible and the Canon - Similarities and Differences in Terminology What is the difference between the canon of Scripture and the Bible. In this episode we discuss the key differences and similarities in the terms "canon" and "Bible." Read More
Jerome and the Old Testament Canon pt 2 - Three Perspectives on Deuterocanonical Books Over the course of his life (ca. 331/347-419/420), Jerome adopted three perspectives toward the canon of the Old Testament. Although he is very often seen as one who completely rejected the authority of the Deuterocanonical books (e.g., Judith, Tobit and Sirach), Read More
Jerome and the Old Testament Canon pt 1 - Life, Context and Work Since the sixteenth-century and even much earlier, Jerome’s (ca. 331/347-419/420) has had an enormous impact on the way Christians have thought about the canon of the Old Testament. Read More
The Old Testament Canon Pt 2 - The Church's Selection of Books How did the Catholic Church determine its canon of Old Testament books? In this episode we will explore the history of the Old Testament Canon and the Christian witnesses Read More
The OT Canon Pt 1 - Between Jewish Diversity and Gnostic Rejections How did the Catholic Church come to its canon of Old Testament books? In this episode we will explore the history of the Old Testament Canon and the Jewish witness to a diversity of scriptural books. Read More
St. Augustine on Sinful Clergy, Donatism and the Spiritual Life   St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) devoted much of his work as a bishop to writing about the spiritual life and sinful clergy. In light of the recent scandals in the Catholic Church, we are going to look at Augustine’s treatment of the Christian’s spiritual… Read More
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Gnosticism and the Canon of Scripture Why did marginalized Christian groups add books to the canon of Scripture? In this episode we explore the rise of the various first and second-century Gnostic groups and their attempts to compose new Gospels and other sacred Read More
The Popes Determined the Canon of Scripture - How the New Testament Was Formed pt 9 How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss another criterion used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
The Life of Ignatius of Loyola and the Impact of the Jesuits Who was Ignatius of Loyola? This week we look at the life of the extraordinary founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola. After reviewing the events of his life, we talk about his efforts at founding the Society of Jesus, more commonly known… Read More
The Councils Determined the Canon of Scripture - How the New Testament Was Formed pt 8 How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss another criterion used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss the various criteria used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
How did the early church decide which books of the Old Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss the various criteria used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
The canon of Scripture proves to be among the least known subjects among twenty-first century Christians but its impact touches nearly every facet of the notable points of difference between Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians. In this episode we provide a general introduction to the nature of the canon of Scripture and its continual relevance… Read More
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