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    RT 01: Observing Holy-Days with Eusebius

    February 2, 2017 by Brandy Vencel

    In today's episode, we pull a principle out of an excerpt from Eusebius and attempt something like a present-day application.[dropcap]T[/dropcap]oday’s AfterCast episode is not a blog post I’m reading aloud. Instead, it’s my very first Reading Thoughts episode. This is where I pull out a bit from a book I’m reading and discuss it. I had fun recording it, and I hope you have fun listening.


    Today’s book: Eusebius, The Church History (translated by Paul Maier)

    This is a book I’ve been reading with E-Age-Fourteen for our Bible/Church History category and it is just fantastic. It reminds me a lot of the book of Acts, and also Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. I honestly think reading through it has been a great way to kick off high school. Someday, I’ll have to share my reading schedule. I basically divided it up over two terms. (For the third term, we’ll do On the Incarnation by Athanasius.)

    In today’s episode, I read an excerpt and then attempt to pull out a principle that I personally found helpful, and I hope you do, too. I’d tell you what that principle is, but I think it’s nicer to hear it in context, so that’s all I’ll say about that.


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  • Reply Lisa A February 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Interesting. Did he say how it was resolved finally? Or maybe that didn’t happen in his time? It’s interesting that calendar disputes are still going on today, but we still hold the same faith they did then.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      If I’m remembering correctly, Victor agreed not to excommunicate any churches over the matter, and Polycrates’ advice was taken — to let the churches follow their inherited traditions. It was fascinating to me to see date disputes in the 100s because I’ve read secularists who debunk Easter saying that it wasn’t even a thing back then — obviously not true!

      • Reply Lisa A February 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm

        Wow. That’s one I’ve never heard before! I can’t imagine how anyone could support that idea given that the Christian faith revolves entirely around the resurrection!

        • Reply Brandy Vencel February 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

          I think it was more a debunking of celebrating Easter than debunking the centrality of the resurrection — kind of saying Easter was a holiday that Christians made up later on in order to compete with Pagan celebrations. All I could think was: look! All these disputes center around the relationship between Easter and *Passover* — no Paganism involved in the discussion! ♥

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