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Smorgasbord: The oldest church, some Hollywood magic, Asian-American museums, virtual catacombs, and a flaming tract

Here’s a buffet table of snips & snails from a few years ago, from the front section of Christian History & Biography issue #89: Richard Baxter & the Puritans.

On the menu are possibly the oldest church ever discovered, several Hollywood renderings of Christian historical themes, a couple of museums related to Asian Christianity in the U.S., a virtual tour of the Roman catacombs, and a flaming polemical tract by Baptist firebrand Roger Williams (who, by the way, is an ancestor of mine–I like to think I get my “free spirit” side from ol’ Rog):

Living History
Oldest church discovered, Christian history in the movies, rare book by Roger Williams
Chris Armstrong

Oldest church discovered?
In seminary, we learned that the Roman Christians didn’t start erecting public church buildings until after Constantine legalized their faith in 313 A.D. As a result, almost all evidence from the first three centuries of the church has come to us in the form of manuscripts, not architecture or furnishings. Now archaeologists have uncovered a building in the northern Israeli city of Megiddo, near the biblical site of Armageddon, that challenges the conventional wisdom. Continue reading