Month: April 2018

Did Henry VIII Regard Himself as a Catholic even though He Rejected Papal Authority?

Although he followed the example of the late Roman (Byzantine) emperors by rejecting the spiritual authority of the popes, Henry VIII may have still regarded himself as a Catholic.  The Statute of Six Articles, passed by Parliament in 1539, beckons this question.  The wording of the statute required t . . .

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Calvin’s Approach to Government Through Religion


John Calvin is best known as the first Protestant Christian theologian and his writings contained in the Institutes of the Christian Religion are studied by almost every Protestant minister.  However, there is another aspect of Calvin that is less well known; his ability to govern from behind the scenes.


With no known official title in governmental structure, Calvin was . . .

Martin Luther Acknowledged His Changing of the Bible

Nuremberg will always be remembered for the war crimes trials of World War II held in 1945 and 1946.  However, another significant event took place in there in 1530.  Inside the walls of the German city now renowned for martial jurisprudence, Martin Luther penned An Open Letter on Translating.  Since Luther’s letter is such a rarely referenced document, many are unaware of its existence.
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Why do Catholics and Protestants Use Different Old Testaments?

Different canons (listings) of the Old Testament books used by Catholics and Protestants have been in dispute since the 16th Century. The debate has always boiled down to divisions of language and theology.

The Catholic Church uses books drawn from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of Hebrew Scriptures and texts primarily compiled for the Jews in Alexandria, Egypt who had begun to lose . . .