17 December 2017

The Date of Easter

For centuries Easter has been the most important date in the Christian year. There is an obvious association with the commemoration of Jesus’s death which is central to Christian faith. However, the date on which Easter is celebrated was a subject of … [Read more...]

Mary mother of Jesus

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is obviously an important figure in Christianity. However for much of Church history she epitomises Protestant – Catholic animosities; downgraded by the former and elevated by the latter. What is the history of Mary? The … [Read more...]

Huldrych Zwingli: The First Reformer?

Most history books credit German monk, Martin Luther, with igniting the sixteenth-century European Reformation by nailing his ’95 theses’ to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. However Swiss priest, Huldrych Zwingli, … [Read more...]

William Tyndale & the English Bible

William Tyndale’s main claim to fame is that he was the first man to publish an English translation of the New Testament, in 1526. Ten years later, on 6 October 1536, he was executed in Vilvorde, 6 miles north of Brussels. He was only 42 years old … [Read more...]

Forerunners – Why Christmas?

The first hotel advertisements appeared on Belfast billboards in August, offering special Christmas deals for office parties. The ‘Ten Most Popular Christmas Gifts’ list appeared in October newspapers and the shops were full of Christmas decorations … [Read more...]

Origen: Hero or Heretic?

Origen is virtually unknown in modern church circles yet he was probably the most famous Christian in the world in the mid third century.  He was the author of over 2,000 works and acknowledged as the greatest Bible scholar in the earliest centuries … [Read more...]

C. S. Lewis: The Man Behind the Myth

C. S. Lewis is perhaps best known as the author of the seven fantasy novels, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ relating the history of the mythical land of Narnia from its creation in ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ to its final destruction in ‘The Last Battle’, … [Read more...]