What You Will Find at Church History 101
CH101 attempts to accurately present the data of the early church. How do we know what happened after the New Testament period? We have an enormous amount of documents from the first three centuries written by those who were leaders. It is amazing that we have so many written sources.
Unfortunately there are many web sites where you can find all kinds of misleading information on the early church. The early church fathers are not easy to read or understand - not easy to read because they tend to be verbose - they are known to drone on and on. They can be difficult to understand because they discuss issues of the day that are not as clear for us. Like the NT writers, sometimes they refer to things their readers fully knew but the details have been lost in the sands of time.
COMMENTS - QUESTIONS - CRITICISM
We try to present the data without making theological or doctrinal judgements - just the information as clearly as possible.
There are comment forms on almost every page - we welcome EVERY single serious comment, question or criticism - and we answer almost every single one. The Feedback section is where we sometimes go beyond the basic data and give our opinions.
How was the New Testament Canon Formed?
This was the most common question I was asked whenever invited to speak with students on a university campus. This is an important question.Watch the videos.
- How do scholars date the NT documents?
- How did the early fathers come up with the listing NT documents?
- What factors pushed the early church to come up with this list?
- When was the canon list finalized?
Feedback Topics Include:
Discussion on Pacifism and the New Testament
Who Wrote the Letter to the Hebrews in the Bible? Was it Paul?
Why do Christians worship on The Lord's Day - not the Jewish Sabbath?
Why did the Reformers reject The Apocrypha?
Did the early "Christian" schools teach universal salvation?
How did Saul have the authority to hunt down Christians?
Why do Christians light candles during worship?
Water Baptism in the Early Church
Wine in the Ancient World
The Early Church Fathers on NT Revelation
The Early Church Fathers on Holiness
The New Testament, Faith, and the Resurrection
The New Testament and Christian tithing
Palestine or Israel?
How did ancient writers refer to the region surrounding the land occupied by Israel? This site is getting attacked by pro-Israeli visitors claiming that our information is inaccurate, some stating that we are purposefully engaging in political propaganda. Read some of these comments/conversations and judge for yourself.