Poems, Protest, and a Dream

Of the various perspectives within the confines of post-Reformation Church history, perhaps none is more interesting than the writings of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. A Catholic writer (and later a Catholic nun) living in the New World during the 15th century (xxiv), Sor Juana’s theological perspective exhibits the increasingly uneasy place of traditionalContinue reading “Poems, Protest, and a Dream”

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Church Search Update

It’s been a while since our last Church Search post and people have been inquiring about where we stand in our search, so I thought I would take some time to offer e brief update this morning. First, I want to thank everyone for your prayers as we wrestle with various issues, for your interestContinue reading “Church Search Update”

In the Mail: September 16

Yesterday in the mail I received the Catholic Bible Dictionary (edited by Scott Hahn), courtesy of Random House and Blogging for Books. While I’m not Roman Catholic (for more on that, check out our Church Search), I have long appreciated the work of Scott Hahn and I’m eager to see what this dictionary has toContinue reading “In the Mail: September 16”

Book Review: Jesus of Nazareth (Ratzinger)

Part of a three book series on the Historical Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism to the Transfiguration (Image, 2007) begins Joseph Ratzinger’s examination of the life and teaching of the founder of Christianity.† In this book Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) engages the major moments and messages from Jesus’ ministry, combining historical, literary, andContinue reading “Book Review: Jesus of Nazareth (Ratzinger)”

The Catholic Reformation of the Individual

The sixteenth century was for Western Europe a time of much socio-theological consternation and change. Numerous theological reformations occurred (or sought to occur) in a variety of social contexts, for a plethora of reasons, and employing numerous methodologies. One such reformation was that of the institutional Catholic Church under the auspices of such leaders asContinue reading “The Catholic Reformation of the Individual”

Luther and Zwingli on the Lord’s Supper

It has been widely noted that few events in the history of the Christian Church have dramatically impacted the course of western culture and civilization as the Age of Theological Reformation in the 16th century. Within the myriad of events that transformed a relatively institutionally monolithic Catholic Church into a plethora of competing theological claims,Continue reading “Luther and Zwingli on the Lord’s Supper”

Book Review: Introduction to the History of Christianity (Dowley)

Writing history is something of a difficult task, in no small measure due to the incredible amount of information that historians must shift through and subsequently leave out when offering their account of the past. Even a rote retelling of a single day in the life of a human leaves out certain contexts and eventsContinue reading “Book Review: Introduction to the History of Christianity (Dowley)”

Readings from Martin Luther

Martin Luther Martin Luther remains one of the most influential men in Western History, as his attempts to reform the Roman Catholic Church sparked nearly 500 years of debate and division within Western Christianity. It has been said that more has been written about Luther than any other person aside from Jesus of Nazareth, asContinue reading “Readings from Martin Luther”

Church Search: Roman Catholic Church

This post is part of our ongoing Church Search. For more information on our search and the churches we have visited already, please click here. During the “First Exposure” phase of our search, we are visiting different churches to gain a basic understanding of their doctrines and practices. Following these visits, we will post someContinue reading “Church Search: Roman Catholic Church”

The Historical Luther: Conclusions

This is the final post in our series on the Historical Luther. Today’s post summarizes the perspectives of Oberman, Hendrix, and Kolb on Martin Luther, and offers some concluding remarks. After this series on the Historical Martin Luther, we are left with some questions: Which of the works that we have surveyed best describes andContinue reading “The Historical Luther: Conclusions”