History of the Papacy Podcast
This show will detail the biographies and interesting facts of the Papacy of Rome. It will start in the beginning, but will not go straight through. There will be many side tracks and detours along the way. We will investigate the backstreets of the Papacy where the tour normally doesn't go.






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The Council of Nicaea in 325 dealt with many issues and involved many larger than life personalities. Arius of Alexandria was as large as any of the other big names. He may not have invented the theological school which was named after him, but he is the one who made it popular and that goes a long way. Come along and find out about the life and times of Arius of Alexandria.

Direct download: Episode_29_Part_3_Arius.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47 PM

Meletius of Lycopolis may not be a household name, but this bishop from the middle of Egypt set the wheels in motion for the necessity of a Church wide council in 325. There were so many problems in the Egyptian Church, which magnified problems in other local churches, the Emperor Constantine felt he had to step in. Meletius of Lycopolis, probably inadvertently, gave the firebrand preacher Arius a perfect platform to spread his ideology. 

Direct download: Episode_28_Pt_2_Meletius.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32 PM

Alexandria and Antioch were major centers of Christian learning and Origen highly influenced both schools. Origen was one of the greatest Christian theologians of all times, but had many ideas which were considered somewhat questionable by both his contemporaries and later thinkers. This isn't the first episode featuring Origen and it certainly won't be the last. The First Ecumenical Council wouldn't have been the same without his influence. 

Direct download: Sidetrack_12_Origen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46 AM

Arius didn’t develop his theology in a vacuum, instead there were a number of thinkers and theologians who influenced him. Two of these people were Paul of Samosata and Lucian of Antioch. Each of these men had ideas that were outside of the typical Orthodox mainstream, but would become quite popular in time. Learn how the lines between orthodoxy and heresy aren’t quite as sharp as it may seem.

Direct download: Sidetrack_11_Paul_and_Lucian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15 PM

This is the introductory episode to our new multipart series on the First Council of Nicaea in 325AD. We will take a quick look at the issues that were faced at this first Ecumenical council, as well as the role of the Roman Popes, other leading bishops and Emperors of Rome in this process. We will also take the opportunity to put the Council of Nicaea into context within the history of the first seven Ecumenical Councils.

Direct download: Episode_27_Nicaea_Intro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09 AM

In this Sidetrack Episode, we will take a look at the developments in early church architecture during the period of Constantine the Great. The meeting space of Christians will go from simple house Churches to grand monumental buildings.

Direct download: Sidetrack_10_a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39 PM

In this final episode in our series on the history of the Popes prior to the Council of Nicaea, we will discuss the facts and legends of Pope Sylvester. We will see that even though Sylvester was Pope for an incredibly long time, the history of his papacy is long on legend and short on fact. They are certainly great legends though!

Direct download: 26_part_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35 PM

In this Sidetrack episode we will discuss how the two concepts of the Church and churches as physical buildings are related. We will also begin to discuss the architecture of Christian churches. In future Sidetrack Episodes we will look at how the architecture of churches in general evolved and talk about some famous churches around the world.

Direct download: Sidetrack_9_Church_and_Churches.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58 AM

The Christian Church and the Church in Rome was in turmoil and the Persecution of Diocletian was still in full swing. This is the situation we find ourselves in during the time period we will discuss in this episode.  The Pope in Rome during this time was a man named Miltiades and he will witness a church that will in short order transition from a brutally persecuted, illegal religion to a major political force.

Direct download: Episode_25_Part_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43 AM

Eusebius of Caesarea is known as the father of Church history. He is one of our few sources who lived during the Persecution of Diocletian and conversion of Constantine. In this Sidetrack episode, we will look at the life of Eusebius and the times in which he lived.

Direct download: Sidetrack_8_Eusebius.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57 PM