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What is purgatory? History of Christianity

By |2018-04-24T09:23:14+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

A demon torturing a sinful bishop and a king (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1200s AD) In the early days of Christianity, people pretty much thought that at the Last Judgment you went to Heaven if you had been good or you went to Hell if you had been bad and that was that. This [...]

What is baptism? – History of Christianity

By |2018-04-24T15:45:39+00:00August 21st, 2017|History, Religion, Romans|

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Even before the time of Jesus, many mystery religions of the ancient Mediterranean had some sort of ceremony that people had to do in order to join the cult. Some of these, like the Eleusinian mysteries, involved dipping yourself in water to wash away your past life, and to show that [...]

Augustine of Hippo – Christianity and the fall of Rome

By |2017-08-21T15:41:56+00:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman theater at Thagaste (Souk Ahras), in Algeria, where Augustine grew up. Augustine was born in a small town in North Africa in the mid-300s AD. His parents were not poor, so when he got older and it seemed that he was very smart, they sent him to a bigger city to go [...]