Connecting Faith and Life

Henry Chadwick: The Early Church

Henry Chadwick, The Early Church (Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1978). Pp 1-289. Henry Chadwick's story of the emergent Christianity is an early contribution to the Oxford History of the Church. This is the first book of the expansive Oxford…

Early Church Controversies: Arianism

1. Introduction Arianism is one of the major heresies that rocked the Church during the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries. Named after it founder Arius, Arianism challenged the true divinity of Jesus Christ and attempted to demolish the…

The Counter Reformation

1. INTRODUCTION The Reformation that occurred within the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century is usually denoted in historical writings by two terms – 'Counter Reformation' and 'Catholic Reformation.' The first term, generally used by…

The First Christians of India

The Syrian Christians of Kerala are believed to be the most ancient Christians of India. A historical study of their origin is intriguing and sensational. The following survey shows the key events which shaped the first Christian community…

If only Jonah could forgive…

The fourth chapter of the book of Jonah begins with a paradox. The revival in Nineveh should have brought immense joy for the prophet. However, Jonah is seen as an angry and resentful man who argues with God. The very strong expression, “O…

Is it possible to see God face to face?

The Scripture states that some men of the Old Testament era saw God face to face. The special list includes people like Jacob (Gen. 32:30), Moses (Ex. 33:11), Isaiah (Isa. 6:1) and Ezekiel (Ezek. 1:28). Likewise, the elders of Israel also…