Category Academic articles

In Defense of Christianity (or Why I am a Christian)


It has been said that man is religious by nature.  The fact that a large proportion of the world’s population holds to one of the variety of religious belief systems available in the world seems to attest to this.  It is useful, from time to time, to consider one’s own faith and to contemplate whether […]

The Impact of Ambrose of Milan on the Young Augustine


(This essay was written for History 202.3, University of Saskatchewan, 1 December 1998 ) It has been said that no one had more influence on Christianity between the time of the Apostle Paul and the Reformation than Augustine of Hippo. In his time, he played an important role by leading the theological battle against the […]

The Confessing Church in Germany 1933-45


(This essay was written for History 285.6, University of Saskatchewan, 8 April 1999) The role of the Christian churches in Germany from 1933 to 1945 raises many troubling questions about the perceived lack of action on moral issues.  Many people wonder if Nazi atrocities might have been reduced or prevented if the Churches had done […]

The Rise of German Pietism in the 17th Century


(This essay was written for History 285.6, University of Saskatchewan, 1 December 1998 ) After the Reformation, when it became clear that accommodation between Reformed, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic was not going to happen, the energies of the various church leaderships were devoted to clearly defining, expounding and defending each denominations’ distinctive church dogma.  By […]

The Christian and Islamic Response to Averroism


(This essay was written for History 205.3, University of Saskatchewan, 1 April 1999) In the twelfth century in Muslim Spain, and the next century in Christian Europe, the established religion faced a serious challenge from a new way of thinking.  In both cases, the main thrust of the challenge was the body of work by […]

The Expansion of Christianity in the Roman Empire


(This essay was written for History 201.6, University of Saskatchewan, 1 April 1999) Why did Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire?  This question could be answered in one of two ways.  First, it could be shown that the Roman Empire provided Christianity with a context in which it could readily spread.[1] However, that same context […]

The Human Role in Salvation


(This essay was written for Religious Studies 223.3, University of Saskatchewan, 29 March 1999) I have decided I’m gonna live like a believer Turn my back on the deceiver I’m gonna live what I believe. I have decided Bein’ good is just a fable I just can’t ’cause I’m not able I’m gonna leave it […]