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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).