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Epic: The Early Church

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Epic: The Early Church explores the first 500 years of Church history; a time filled with heroic martyrs, brilliant philosophers, eloquent theologians, cunning emperors, and courageous saints. It is the story of our ancestors in the Faith; those who, building upon the foundation of Christ, helped to shape what was to become the single most influential institution the world has every seen.

In this study you will journey through the first three periods of Church history in our unique, color-coded learning system: The Mustard Seed (33-99 AD), Persecution (100-312 AD), and Conversion & Councils (313-499 AD).

In The Early Church you will:

Discover the major people, places, and events of the first 500 years of Church history.
Uncover the "backstory" of the persecutions under the Roman Empire.
-Discover the true story and significance of the first four Ecumenical Councils.
-Meet the Church Fathers and learn the vital roles they played in forming our understanding of the Faith.
-Learn how the heroic stories of the saints can challenge and affirm your own walk of faith.
-Recognize the early Christian Church as the Catholic Church.
...and much more!

In this ten-part DVD series, Steve Weidenkopf presents the remarkable story of the early Church, the first five hundred years of our Catholic history.

About the Actor

Steve Weidenkopf is a Lecturer of Church History at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of study guides on Pope Paul VI s encyclical, Humanae Vitae and the Second Vatican Council s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium). He has given numerous presentations and seminars on marriage, family life, human sexuality, Church History and theology.

Steve served as the Director of the Office of Marriage & Family Life for the Archdiocese of Denver (2001 2004) and as an advisor to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. He was also an instructor for Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute - Catechetical School.

He has his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in International Relations from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

Steve is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Steve and his wife Kasey live in Northern Virginia with their children.

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  • Actors: Steve Weidenkopf
  • Directors: Ascension Press
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Studio: Ascension Press
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A11ison on September 15, 2014
Steve does an amazing job guiding and directing people through Church history. I was very impressed with the information and found it well researched and accurate. I believe both Catholics and especially non Catholics would benefit from this series. There are also some areas that very clearly explain some heretical attacks on the Church and assist the listener in understanding how to defend the truth of the Church.
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I am viewing this series at the Catholic church where my in-laws are members. Overall it is well worth seeing. I think Protestant evangelicals should see it and interact with it. But has some definite perspectives on Church history meant to prop up the claim of papal supremacy and sacred tradition as an equal (or even greater) authority in the life of Christians than the Bible. I would be interested is seeing his other series and how he deals with the Protestant Reformation. One particular "straw man" bothered me as an unfair implication about what Protestant Evangelicals believe. While talking about the formation of the canon of Scripture Mr. Weidenkopf asserts that Catholics do not believe that the Bible just dropped from heaven, but that the Church's magisterium DETERMINED the canon. I think the implication of his statement is that Protestants somehow believe the Bible just suddenly appeared or dropped from heaven by dictation. That is NOT the Protestant position on the inspiration of Scripture. Protestants do not view the Bible as Muslims view the Quran, as simply dictated by the Holy Spirit. The Bible, according to orthodox Protestants, is both a human AND Divine document inspired by the Holy Spirit who used the personalities of the writers to record God's word. The Protestant position on canon is, more accurately, that God determined the canon of Scripture, and through His DIVINE PROVIDENCE led the church to DISCOVER or RECOGNIZE (not decide on or determine) the canon. Weidenkopf's implication that Protestants believe the Bible just dropped from heaven is an unfair jab, and misinformation. He also fails to recognize in this series that Jerome did not want to include the Apocrypha (what Catholics call Deuterocanonicals) in the Bible, but was pressured to do so by others in the Church. He did not believe doctrines should be derived from the Apocrypha, but it should only be read for "edification."
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