Church History

3 Common misunderstandings of the Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) by Rudolph P.Boshoff

(Average reading time: 4 minutes) A while back I posted an article looking at the common objections raised against the scholar Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) and subsequently thought to also write about three common misunderstandings surrounding John Calvin as well (1509-1564). Here are three misconceptions:  Calvin killed Servetus. A Catholic revert from the reformation Jerome Bolsec […]

The Charismatic Church: Chariscentric oversimplification demystified by Rudolph P Boshoff.

(Average reading time: 5 minutes) As a Christian in South Africa, I recognize the absolute incredible need for Biblical Christianity to be centre stage. Currently we are witnessing an incredible influx and popularization of the Charismatic experience. Exorcisms, Prophetic proclamations, transfer of wealth at the cost of just a ‘seed’ and even promises of shaping […]

Did Jesus’ divinity evolve through the Gospels? A Response to Shabir Ally’s Progressive Christology Argument” by Angelos Kyriakides

Based on the assumption that Mark was the first of the four gospels written, and John the last, there are those who believe that Jesus originally displayed Himself as a mere prophet-teacher in Mark but subsequently underwent an evolution of sorts. They claim that in the interval between Mark and John, when Luke and Matthew […]

Ten myths about Early Christianity by Rudolph P Boshoff

Early Christian beliefs were diverse.  Myth: Early Christianity was composed of various beliefs and ‘orthodox’ Christianity won the day. Fact: Meera Lester gives quite a compelling definition of the New Myth when she writes; “The Divergent ideas of early Christians suggest that birth and revolution of Christianity were fraught with dissension, disagreement and disharmony as […]

Evaluating the “Baur/Ehrman” hypothesis on “Diverse Christianities” and its effects on “underdog” Gnosticism – Rudolph P. Boshoff.

Dr Bart D. Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dirges about early Christianity being “non-monolithic”. He writes; “Arguably the most significant breakthrough in the modern understanding of early Christianity is the realization that, contrary to what had earlier been thought, this religion was exceptionally diverse. The older, […]