• Arianism and the Trinitarian Doctrine

    Arius is known for the heresy called Arianism. He taught a belief that was contradictory to the Church teachings and beliefs, which ultimately led to Emperor Constantine calling the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicaea, and a creed being formed to put an end to the controversy.   Arius was born in 250. Arias had different views than the Church on the divinity of Christ, which brought him into discord with the Church. The first time he came in discord with the Church was in 311 when he supported Meletius. Meletius did not agree with allowing those who denied the faith under the fear of Roman torture back into the Church and Arius agreed with him.1 After many disputes with Arius…

  • John the Baptist: Forerunner of Christ

    John the Baptist had a very short public ministry. Yet in that time, he managed to fulfill all the prophecies about him being the forerunner, lived a humbled life, all the while pointing to Jesus as the Messiah. John the Baptist played a pivoted role in the economy of salvation, by being the last of the Old Testament Prophets and being the first follower of Jesus Christ.   Prophecies carry a lot of weight in the Jewish Culture, and in order to understand John the Baptist one needs to look at the prophecies that predicted his coming, and spoken at his conception and birth. The prophets who predicted his coming as the forerunner…

  • The Great Schism of 1054

    The Great Schism of 1054 was of a long time in the making. For one the language used was different, as well the culture and beliefs of both sides. The one way that they were alike, is that they were unmovable when they believed that they were right. By the 7th century the official language of the Byzantine Empire was Greek, were as Latin was the primary language of Western Europe. The differences in language led to many misunderstandings, as well as difficulties. When the Normans invaded parts of Southern Italy in 1040s, they “replaced Greek bishops with Latin ones. People were confused, and they argued about the proper form…

  • The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships

    Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand faces, is mentioned throughout Greek mythology. However, despite the stories told about her, there is not much known about the person Helen. Did Helen exist, and if so was she as beautiful as legend would like us to believe? Was Helen the real reason that Troy was attacked and fell? Could Helen just be an excuse that was made up in order to bring the land that Troy was on under Sparta rule? And was Helen even there? To know if Helen of Homer and Virgil are real, one must look at the Myths about Helen of Troy, and the facts…

  • St Paul Theologian, Apostle, and Missionary

    St. Paul was born as Saul in Tarsus, modern day Eastern Turkey. While there is not much know about Saul’s parents it is known that they were of the Tribe of Benjamin, and that Saul’s father was a Roman citizen. Saul’s parents were natives of Gischala in Galilee and had moved to Tarsus before Saul’s birth.[1] Saul’s parents sent him to Jerusalem to study the Torah under the Rabbi Gamaliel. Through Gamaliel’s guidance, Saul would become one of the greatest Apostles, and travel further than any of the Apostles. What we know about Saul comes from his letters and from Acts. The three main missionary trips that Saul goes on…