Popes, Protests and Protestants : Martin Luther and his legacy
Feb05

Popes, Protests and Protestants : Martin Luther and his legacy

The period know as the Reformation came about largely due to the actions and corrupt practices of the medieval Catholic Church. The split started when a German Monk named Martin Luther, who was so disgusted with the behaviour of Catholic clerics, initiated what we would call today a ‘Back to Basics’ campaign. In this article we look at what happened at this seminal moment in Church history.

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Was Jesus really born on the 25th December?
Dec25

Was Jesus really born on the 25th December?

Was Jesus born on December 25? There is no real evidence for this date. So then we must ask is, who and when was it decided that Jesus’ birth would be celebrated on this date? Secondly when was it really ?

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The Magi – a new revelation ?
Dec21

The Magi – a new revelation ?

An ancient document found in the Vatican archives has cast new light on the story of the Nativity and the Three Wise Men. The document called “The Revelation of the Magi” is an 8th century copy of an earlier one dated to the 2nd or 3rd century AD

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Christmas Traditions Around the World
Dec18

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas is probably the time of year when, certainly in the West, there is an overwhelming plethora of traditions and practices that each culture likes to embrace. Many are similar but there is also a huge range of completely different ones.

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The Spread of Christianity in the Ancient World
Apr06

The Spread of Christianity in the Ancient World

They were unlikely leaders. Most knew more about mending nets than winning converts. Yet 2,000 years later, all over the world, the apostles are still drawing people in.

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New Year in Different Cultures
Dec27

New Year in Different Cultures

News Year Eve in the West means December 31st. However for a large part of the World this isn’t the prelude to a new Year.

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Who is Father Christmas ?
Dec13

Who is Father Christmas ?

Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Sinterklass … whatever you call him he has a rich set of folklore and traditions surrounding him. But are they even the same person ?

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Anno Domini – Origin of the Western Calendar
Oct28

Anno Domini – Origin of the Western Calendar

Anno Domini or “the year of our Lord” is the dating system we use in the West and is all but the de-facto world standard for chronology. But when and how was it calculated and what was in use prior to this dating system in western Europe ?

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Bible Chronology after the death of Jesus
Jun03

Bible Chronology after the death of Jesus

The book of Acts decsrcibes the events following Jesus’ death and resurrection however it doesn’t detail the exact chronology. This article outlines what and when the events occurred.

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How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?
Apr29

How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?

Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it does not occur on the same date every year. But how is it calculated ?

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