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Welcome to the resource side of our website. Here you will find more than 400 links to studies in a wide variety of doctrinal topic areas. These studies are intended to be comprehensive and to relate a step-by-step, reasonable analysis delving deeply into the scriptural texts. (We also offer video and audio presentations of some studies.)

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April 16, 2021

How Well Do You Know the Early Church?

An earlier post commented on an article from Christianity Today reporting on biblical illiteracy among modern Christians. Alongside the general lack of scriptural knowledge, the church today is also largely unfamiliar with early Christian history. Besides the present, most Christians’ knowledge of church history may be limited to persons such as Augustine or Reformation leaders. For many today the period closest to the apostles is completely obscure. These blind spots in modern Christian understanding leave a lot of room for foreign beliefs to slip into our faith unnoticed. So, what might we learn if we studied the three centuries between the New Testament and Augustine? What differences might we find between their Christianity and modern church norms? How well do you know the earliest church, the church established by the apostles?

For more information on
the writers, beliefs, and practices of the earliest church, pleases see our studies entitled:

- Early Church

- First Eight Writers’

Q:I'm new here. Where should I get started?
The arrangement of topics to the left provides a recommended reading order. It is designed to reflect a step-by-step progression from more basic topics to more complex ones. However, it is not necessary to follow this order. Those who are more familiar with certain topics may easily read whichever studies are of interest without first going through all of the earlier topics in the list.

systematic theology:
a reading guide

logical fallacies
a list of false