Early Church History 34
The Splendid Church
Are these claims reasonable?
The story of Aconia Paulina ... Eleusis, Dionysos, Lerna, Aegina, Hicate, Taurobolium.
"Tauroboliatus" and "Tauroboliata"
Rev. T. M. Lindsay, "Triumph of Christianity:" "furred, feathered and scaly dieties"
Plotinus & Porphyry, Iamblichus
Lindsay: "Such was the paganism which faced Christianity in the Fourth Century -- a marvelous mixture of philosophy and reason, not without grandeur and nobility of thought, feeling keenly the unity of nature, the essential kinship of man with the Divine, and knowing something of the yearning in man's heart for redemption and for communion with God. It was able to fascinate and enthrall many of the keenest intellects and loftiest natures of the time. It laid hold on Julian."
Ignatius of Antioch, Clement of Rome, Hegessippus, Irenaeus of Lyons
theodoret: "one God, one Christ, one Bishop"
Optatus for Caecilian of Carthage
Council of sardica, 343
Lector (sub-deacon, acolyte, exorcist)
Council of Hippo, 393
Pope Siricius, 385
Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose
Council of Elvira, 305
Saint Cyprian of Carthage
prima sedes, secunda sedes, tertia sedes
Elvira, Ancyra, Neocaesarea, Rome, Arles, Carthage, Hippo, Nicea, Sardica ...Editio princeps