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Evaluating Secondary Sources – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 70

Evaluating Secondary Sources – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series

How does one discern good from poor quality materials online or in printed materials? In this episode, we talk about the important roles that the gatekeepers, that is, acquisitions editors, play in ensuring the high-quality the materials they publish. We contrast the rigor of the peer review process

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The Life and Work of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine 1542-1621 – Doctors of the Church Series – CHS 69

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Who was St. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine? In this episode, we take a look at the life and work of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) who was arguably the most learned Catholic theologian and apologist of the sixteenth century.

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Identify the Genre of a Document – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 68

How can Catholics become better students of the Catholic Heritage? In this episode, we discuss the importance of considering the genre of a document. Not all documents are the same. Authors in the Catholic heritage have composed letters, poems, theological treatises,

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The Problem with Secret Information about Pope Francis and the US Catholic bishops – CHS 67

A recent trend has emerged among certain lay Catholics with substantial online internet followings. In their social media feeds and various media productions, they are making various claims about Pope Francis and US Catholic bishops on the authority of their unnamed “sources.”

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Identifying the Commitments of the Author – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 65

Identifying the Commitments of the Author – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series

How does one properly interpret the records of the Catholic heritage? In this episode we discuss the aspect of examining the stated or unstated commitments of any author, especially secondary source authors such as contemporary scholars. What authors believe about the Life Questions, we believe,

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Did Catholicism Exist before the Emperor Constantine? – CHS 63

Did Catholicism exist before the reign of the Emperor Constantine (r. 306-337 AD)? Various historians and other scholars claim that Catholicism, as we would recognize it today, did not exist before the reign of either Constantine or his later successor, the Emperor Theodosius I (r. 379 -395). In this episode, we look at

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The Gnostic Character of Recent Catholic Criticisms of Pope Francis – CHS 62

Catholic laity have recently begun to use Gnostic rhetoric in their criticism’s of Pope Francis. In this episode, we provide a brief overview on Gnosticism’s origins, tenets and conflicts with the bishops of the early Church.

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Expect the Unexpected from the Sources – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 61

How does one properly interpret the records of the Catholic heritage? In this episode we discuss the aspect of expecting the unexpected from the sources. By expecting surprises, by not assuming the author’s position and by avoiding assumptions, readers can obtain a more accurate sense of a given author’s meaning at the time of composition.

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How Fair is Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ Words? – CHS 60

Is media coverage of Pope Francis’s words fair? In this episode we discussed the various factors that go into the ways the media handles Pope Francis’s words. We consider such factors as the ability of journalist to grab an audience’s attention,

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Identify the Author’s Objectives – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 59

How does one properly interpret the records of the Catholic heritage? In this episode we discuss the aspect of considering the author’s objectives. By taking a closer look at the actual text, it central aims, context and purpose, readers can obtain a more accurate sense of the author’s meaning.

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How Did Augustine’s Writings Survive the Vandal Invasion of North Africa – CHS 55

 

At the moment of his death, Augustine’s North Africa was being quickly overrun by Vandal forces.

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What Are the Main Objectives When Studying Church History – CHS 54

 

When students and scholars study church history, what are their chief objectives?

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How to Find Primary Sources – CHS 53

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How does one find the primary sources? In this episode, we provide some practical tips on locating the primary sources of the Catholic heritage.

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What Are the Primary Sources? – How to Study the Catholic Heritage Series – CHS 52

How does one begin to study Catholic history and theology in greater detail? In this episode, we discuss the role of the primary sources in the study of the Catholic heritage.

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How to Locate Primary Sources of the Catholic Heritage – CHS 45

How does one locate the primary sources of the Catholic heritage? In this episode, we take a few minutes to talk about the ways in which we can find the primary sources.

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The Study of History and the Current Crisis in the Catholic Church – CHS 033

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.

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