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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Syndication

The first ecumenical council, the First Council of Nicaea in 325AD, was a pivotal moment in Christianity. Once the Creed of Nicaea was defined, the bishops at the Council had a number of important issues they needed deal with. The bishops at the council created twenty canons, or rules of faith that created the guidelines the clergy and the laity would follow going forward. All this was done under the watchful eye of the Emperor Constantine.

Direct download: Episode_34_Canons_1.mp3
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Constantine’s purpose for calling an ecumenical council was to stabilize and unify the Roman Empire. For many reasons, the Empire was neither stabilized nor unified. Theological battles were raging inside of the Empire and groups outside of the borders of the Empire were on the move. A bishop variously named Ulfila, Wulfilas or even Orphila was central to all of these critical historical movements of the fourth century. 

Direct download: Sidetrack_Episode_17_Little_Wolf.mp3
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In this episode, we will discuss one of the most important participants at the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea, Eusebius of Nicomedia. Arius may have been the spiritual leader of the subordinationist party, but Eusebius, Bishop of Nicomedia was the real muscle behind the movement. Eusebius of Nicomedia did the heavy lifting that very nearly decided the future of what Christianity would become as a religion.

Direct download: Episode_33_Eusebius_of_Nicomedia.mp3
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The creed or statement of beliefs from the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea was what the whole thing was really about.  The Church and Constantine had a whole agenda of other various gripes, issues and complaints they needed to address, but the creed or basic beliefs of the Church and by default mainstream Christianity was the main event. After the Nicene Creed was written, the Church would have the mission statement it would use until this day.

Direct download: Episode_32_Part_6_Nicene_Creed.mp3
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In this Sidetrack Episode installment, we have a special guest host who will take use through the connections between the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter celebration. This connection is much more than skin deep and reaches to the basic core of what Christianity is historically and culturally. Thanks to Jason G for putting this great episode together!

Direct download: Sidetrack_Episode_16_Easter_Passover_Connection.mp3
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In this Sidetrack Episode installment, we will take a closer look at someone who was one of the most important figures in Christian history, but does not get very much attention. Helena, the mother of Constantine, strongly influenced her son and stuck through all the ups and downs with him. It is very likely in fact that Helena was the person who introduced a young Constantine to Christianity. Helena would also work hard in her own right to solidify the Church through initiating building projects and investigating the earliest history of the Church. 

Direct download: Sidetrack_Episode_15_Helena_Augusta.mp3
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The First Ecumenical Council, The Council of Nicaea, wasn’t just about Arianism. The Council had a laundry list of controversies, problems, gripes and grievances to deal with which had built up in the Christian Church since day one. Constantine the Great wanted a unified Empire and what he needed to attain that goal was a unified religion. Setting a uniform date for the celebration of Easter, the most important holiday in the religion was of huge importance in creating uniformity. The Popes of Rome and the Church of Rome will play their role in establishing the timing of Easter.  

Direct download: Episode_31_Part_5_Easter_Dating.mp3
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In this Sidetrack Episode, we will continue to discuss the importance of the Easter Holiday and celebration. This time though, we will go down a sidetrack we’ve never gone down before, a book review. We will see how the historical fiction book, The Inquest by Stephen Dando-Collins, provides a very interesting perspective on mid first century A.D. through a piece of historical fiction.

Direct download: Sidetrack_Episode_14_The_Inquest_Book_Review.mp3
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In this Sidetrack Episode, we will take a look at one of the main influences on the Christian Celebration of Easter. Passover is a Jewish Holiday that was thousands of years old by the time of Jesus and the Early Christian Movement. The time of Passover in the liturgical calendar will be one of the most important debates at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325AD.

Direct download: Sidetrack_13_Passover.mp3
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 Arianism might not have been the idea of Arius of Alexandria alone, but he was the one who definitely popularized that set of theological positions. The writings, creeds and canons of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 made it very clear where the Church stood on Arianism and what the Christian God was all about, but that didn’t mean everything was written in stone. One way or the other history of the Popes of Rome and the Christian Church would be altered tremendously at this council. 

Direct download: Episode_30_Council_of_Nicaea_Part_4_Arianism.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23 PM
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