When the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed he had converted to Christianity, it changed the world forever.
But was that change for the better?
Meet our guests
Professor Alanna Nobbs concluded her BA Hons1( Latin) (1966) and PhD (Latin) (1973) at the University of Sydney, having also studied at Birkbeck, University of London, under Professor Robert Browning She taught part-time at Sydney University (1967-8) and at Macquarie University full-time from 1970-2011, part time 2012-2015.
Her fields of research and teaching include Classical languages (Greek and Latin); Greek papyri especially those documenting the Christianisation of Egypt; late antique and early Byzantine history and historiography; and the historical background of the New Testament and Early Christianity.
Doug Lee is emeritus professor in Ancient History in the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. He’s a world authority on Roman politics and warfare in late antiquity.
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This episode was sponsored by Zondervan’s new book Rembrandt is in the Wind by Russ Ramsey.
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- Here’s the full Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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