LHIM Educational Class

Early Church History
By Sean Finnegan
January 17, 2023

Some people believe the strand of Christianity that eventually merged with the government and became dominant is the authentic original form. Others believe Christianity got off track immediately after the first century and has not been restored until recent times. This class will put you in touch with what really happened. As it turns out, there were quite a few Christian groups that competed for adherents in the first few centuries. Some of these groups maintained key New Testament beliefs and practices while others mutated under pressure from philosophy, society, and the government. This class will cover what happened in the main Christian groups in the first five centuries of our history in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

You will see how Church-State relations changed over time. We'll cover groups like Jewish Christians, the Gnostics, and the Dynamic Monarchians. You will become familiar with key figures such as Origen of Alexandria, Paul of Samosata, Augustine of Hippo. We'll trace doctrinal developments with regard to Christology, the kingdom of God, and gifts of the spirit. And you will learn how to access primary sources so you can conduct your own research in topics of interest.
# Title Speaker Time
1 Christianity in the First Century Sean Finnegan 00:48:29
2 The Jewish-Roman War and Jewish-Christian Relations Sean Finnegan 00:40:16
3 Christianity in the Second Century Sean Finnegan 00:43:13
4 The Apostolic Fathers Sean Finnegan 00:49:59
5 Gnostics & Valentinians Sean Finnegan 00:51:56
6 Apologists & Heresy Hunters Sean Finnegan 00:35:41
7 Philo & Clement of Alexandria Sean Finnegan 00:44:53
8 Origen of Alexandria Sean Finnegan 00:55:41
9 Early Church Orders Sean Finnegan 00:49:26
10 Persecution of Early Christians Sean Finnegan 00:51:39
11 The Constantinian Shift Sean Finnegan 00:43:04
12 Arius and Alexander of Alexandria Sean Finnegan 00:43:39
13 Trinity Controversy in the Fourth Century Sean Finnegan 51:12:00
14 Paul of Samosata and Photinus of Sirmium Sean Finnegan 41:56:00
15 Monasticism from Anthony to Benedict Sean Finnegan 55:23:00
16 Jerome and Augustine Sean Finnegan 56:56:00
17 The Kingdom of God in Early Christianity Sean Finnegan 41:39:00
18 The Gifts of the Spirit in Early Christianity Sean Finnegan 48:46:00
19 Arian Kingdoms from Ulfilas to Clovis Sean Finnegan 38:24:00
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