James Thomas The Christian church at the time of the council of Nicaea, 325 AD, was known as the 'Catholic' (universal) Church, meaning with this the existant *universal* Christian Church of that day, this is the Christian church that had come out from all the persecutions, but was not yet the Roman Catholic church. Hence the topics of the Canons discussed demostrate so. This was because the bishopric of Rome was not yet dominant over the others, as the bishops of Antioch, Alexandria, Aelea and others had the same say. The point is that the Christian church at that point had already departed from the biblical patterns and was on its way through the years to gave place and become the church known as the Roman Catholic church.
It is interesting I'd say they never departed from Scriptural patterns simply because they were never there to begin with. The RC never had a foundation built upon a Scriptural basis but did create their own from what essentially boiled down to a remake of the traditions which the likes of Pharisees God had judged. Hence the reason to use Latin, a language most didn't understand to read the Scriptures and then speak in the common tongue the works of self righteousness.
To keep in mind Erasmus and other reformer's eclectic criteria might have been influenced by the stand of the Old Latin Bible which non conformists held to, including the Waldensians, instead of the Vulgate which was the Bible of the apostate church for over 1000 years
Great Sermon! Just like Abel in Hebrews 11, though David is dead, he still speaks. By God's providence I have been introduced to this precious man of God after he went to be with the Lord. Through the limited things I have come across (this interview, a sermon, some written things), he has been a great influence on me to increase in my love for the Lord. He was "a good servant of Christ" (1 Tim. 4:6).
Useful series Very thankful for men as Mr Ridle who painstickingly bring apart the fallacies of those that "speak great swelling words" of vanity and deceit to the subverting of their hearers, whose months may God stop.
A literal millennium refutated as error Very interesting to read about Dionysius of Antioch's refutation of a literal millenium as an error in the early church. This interpretation had been taught by Nepos, an Egyptian bishop, causing great division of the churches near Alexandria.
As it often happens with other modern trends of interpretation, some errors are not new.
Informative section However one ponders why the early church had to 'celebrate' a passover in the first place? It is obvious that as early as the first and second century Christians were seduced into the observance of not commanded special events, which perpetuated for many centuries after. This demostrate how early error gripped the church from its very beginnings.
Section of special interest These are informative chapters in Eusebius records about the leaders of the early churches in Antioch, Jerusalem, Bostra, and Rome, and about the ongoing discussions about the Pascha, against the claims of the Papacy and Easter.