Writing History

Writing History. Then, now, in between.

A narrative raised

There is only one history of the Church before Constantine. By Eusebius the father of Church History, the first to enter upon the subject.

He has a narrative in mind. The continuous line of Church leaders since the first followers…

Tsunami, with and without God

A terrible earthquake, then a tsunami and Alexandria was hit hard …

on the 21st of July, in the first consulship of Valentinian and his brother, fearful dangers suddenly overspread the whole world, such as are related in no ancient fables…

Chasing the Black Dwarf

In the Men of Nicea, I wondered why books and now web pages had Athanasius called the Black Dwarf by his enemies. None cited their source and the moniker was absent from ancient histories. A rogue fact was loose, one even…

God’s fickle favor

In his history, Eusebius praised the two rulers of Rome. Government was preserved firm and undisputed for Constantine and Licinius, to whom it fittingly belonged, both advocates of peace and piety. Happy days under two God-beloved emperors, honored alike for…

Seditious Athletes

In the Martyrs of Palestine, Christian Historian Eusebius wrote of his fellows who would die rather than sacrifice to the gods of Rome.

His account is largely free of the miraculous - though there is the sea threw out before the…