By Tylor Standley and Gerhard Stübben
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On each episode of our podcast we discuss a person, text, or issue in early Christian history.
||CleanEpisode 12: The Virgin Mary||Learn about Mary's importance for the church and its theology throughout the millennia.||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Gnosticism||Acquire the secret knowledge required to understand the bizarre world of Gnosticism.||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Marcion||Was Marcion really a Marcionite? Are you?||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Emperor Worship and American Idolatry||What do ancient Rome and modern America have in common? What can we learn from early martyrs about how to view the empires of this world? Jake Raabe joins us to discuss.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Tertullian (Interview with David E. Wilhite)||Dr. David E. Wilhite is Professor of Christian Theology at Baylor’s Truett Seminary. In this episode, he joins us to talk about Tertullian the African and his upcoming book on Ancient African Christianity.||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Athanasius||Episode 7 traces the life, thought, and writings of one of the most important people in church history: Athanasius. This saint is revered for his fight against Arianism. But is the traditional picture of Athanasius true?||5/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Constantine||In 274 CE a hero was born. Or a demon, depending on how you look at him. A man whose name is synonymous with the entangling of power, politics, and religion. He was either the greatest king Christendom has ever known or the serpent who tricked the Church into eating from the tree of civil power.||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode 5: The Evolution of the Pope||On this episode of the podcast, Gerhard gives the background of the idea of the papacy. The episode tracks the idea of authority figures in the church from the days of the New Testament to the first modern-style pope, Julius of Rome (337-352 C.E.).||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode 4: Lent||The Lenten Fast is one of Christianity's oldest traditions. In this episode, Tylor discusses the history and meaning of this sacred season.||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode 3: The Nicene Creed||The Nicene Creed is unquestionably the most important document in church history. In some circles the text of the creed is simply synonymous with “orthodoxy.” In this episode, Gerhard explains the creed and its meaning, line by line.||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Arius||The story of Arius is shrouded in mystery. In this episode, we try to untangle the web of legends and lies to find the true story of Arius. Sam Davidson joins to tell us about Santa Claus slapping heretics and reviving children from their pickle.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode 2: What is Heresy?||As modern Christian leaders continue to call their opponents "heretics," it might be a good idea to understand what heresy actually is. Tylor hosts this mini episode and discusses what the early church meant by the term.||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: John Chrysostom||St. John Chrysostom’s unmatched skill in public speaking led him to become one of the most famous preachers in his own day and in ours. Paradoxically, it also led to his own death. Listen to this episode to find out how he became such a great speaker, what he thought about wealth and poverty, and why some scholars think he is responsible for the Holocaust.||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Episode 1: Ephrem on the Nativity||In this episode, Gerhard talks about St. Ephrem the Syrian. Ephrem might rightly be called the Church’s greatest theologian-poet. Listen to this episode and you’ll find out exactly why, as Gerhard reads one of his hymns on the Nativity.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Origen||In this episode we introduce you to one of the most famous--or infamous--church fathers: Origen of Alexandria, who was the first Gentile Church Father to learn the Hebrew Language, who created a way to interpret scripture that dominated Christian exegesis for the next millennium and a half, and who castrated himself (yes, you read that right...he castrated himself).||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Didache||The Didache is so early that it claims to have been written by the Apostles themselves.||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Introduction||Welcome to the wonderful world of Patristics!||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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An Open Theist and a Calvinist talk about the Church Fathers. What can be better?
Accessible and entertaining. Perfect for the burgeoning seminary student or the life-long learner.
In a Word: Awesome
If you ever had any interest in reading or learning about the church fathers but don't know where to start, start here! I love this podcast. It's well produced, well researched, and has some nice dry humor and great alcohol recommendations!