Podcastica Patristica

Podcastica Patristica

By Gerhard Stübben
Gerhard Stübben and Tylor Standley host this podcast on early Christianity. On each episode, they discuss a person, text, or issue in early Christian history. By the end of each episode you will be able to either read an ancient text for yourself or engage with some more dense introductory materials.
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Episode 21: Christian Essentials Review and Discussion
Gerhard and Tylor review Lexham Press' Christian Essentials series and discuss the Apostle's Creed and the Lord's Prayer.
1:09:27
January 1, 2020
Episode 20: Ecclesiology and History
Gerhard and Tylor discuss how Christian History shapes their commitments to their own church traditions.
1:25:02
August 29, 2019
Episode 19: Clerical Celibacy
In this episode we look at the development of priestly celibacy in the early church through the medieval era. 
1:05:57
July 10, 2019
Episode 18: Pseudo-Dionysius
In this episode we follow an unknown man into unknown and unknowable territory--the realm beyond language and comprehension.
1:07:31
June 2, 2019
Episode 17: Reading Mark's Christology Under Caesar (Interview with Dr. Adam Winn)
Dr. Adam Winn joins us in this interview on his new book ‘Reading Mark’s Christology Under Caesar: Jesus the Messiah and Roman Imperial Ideology.’
1:06:44
May 4, 2019
City of God: Part 11 (Books XXI-XXII)
The final episode of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God.'
33:56
April 1, 2019
City of God: Part 10 (Books XIX-XX)
Part 10 of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God'
26:40
January 18, 2019
City of God: Part 9 (Books XVII-XVIII)
Part 9 of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God.'
22:11
December 29, 2018
Episode 16: Christian Women in the Patristic World (Interview with Drs. Lynn Cohick and Amy Hughes)
Tylor Interviews Drs. Lynn Cohick and Amy Brown Hughes on their book 'Christian Women in the Patristic World.'
1:00:15
November 5, 2018
Episode 15: Patristic Theology in Contemporary Ministry (Interview with Dr. Burt Burleson)
How can we bring the Patristic faith into our preaching and pastoral ministry in the 21st Century?
52:32
October 8, 2018
City of God: Part 8 (Books XV-XVI)
Part 8 of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God'
20:50
August 18, 2018
City of God: Part 7 (Books XIII-XIV)
Try to keep your pants on for Part 7 of our guide to St. Augustine's City of God.
48:30
August 4, 2018
City of God: Part 6 (Books XI-XII)
Part 6 of our guide through St. Augustine's 'City of God'
24:02
June 28, 2018
City of God: Part 5 (Books IX-X)
Listen to part 5 of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God.'
20:17
June 18, 2018
City of God: Part 4 (Books VII-VIII)
Part 4 of our guide through St. Augustine's 'City of God.'
27:39
June 3, 2018
City of God: Part 3 (Books V-VI)
Part 3 of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God.'
24:43
May 28, 2018
City of God: Part 2 (Books III-IV)
Part 2 of our guide to St. Augustine's 'City of God.'
38:07
May 22, 2018
City of God: Part 1 (Books I-II)
A guide to St. Augustine’s ‘City of God’
26:55
May 13, 2018
Episode 14: St. Macrina
St. Gregory of Nyssa said of his sister Macrina that she was his own "father, teacher, guide, mother, and counselor in every good thing." In this episode we learn how this monastic teacher changed the world.
1:16:38
May 12, 2018
Mini Episode 6: St. John Chrysostom on Easter
Listen to St. John Chrysostom's Easter homily, read every Easter in Eastern Orthodox churches.
05:19
April 1, 2018
Episode 13: Eusebius of Caesarea
Learn about the Father of Church History: a one-time heretic, devoted follower of Origen, and brown-noser to Constantine.
1:11:34
March 28, 2018
Episode 12: The Virgin Mary
Learn about Mary's importance for the church and its theology throughout the millennia.
1:19:49
February 23, 2018
Episode 11: Gnosticism
Acquire the secret knowledge required to understand the bizarre world of Gnosticism.
1:16:43
November 4, 2017
Episode 10: Marcion
Was Marcion really a Marcionite? Are you?
1:08:26
September 3, 2017
Episode 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.
46:46
July 3, 2017
Episode 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.
1:00:11
June 16, 2017
Episode 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?
52:57
May 13, 2017
Episode 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.
1:02:28
April 9, 2017
Mini 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.).
17:08
March 16, 2017
Mini 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.
13:21
March 2, 2017
Mini 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.
17:49
February 16, 2017
Episode 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.
1:06:57
February 2, 2017
Mini 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.
15:17
January 17, 2017
Episode 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.
1:16:33
January 1, 2017
Mini 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.
14:12
December 15, 2016
Episode 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).
54:49
December 1, 2016
Episode 2: The Didache
The Didache is so early that it claims to have been written by the Apostles themselves.
51:26
November 17, 2016
Episode 1: Introduction
Welcome to the wonderful world of Patristics!
18:36
November 3, 2016