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Check out Jim Papandrea's latest CD: Still Quiet Voice, available from Amazon, or go to www.StillQuietVoice.com
Jim Papandrea is a teacher, author, speaker, and musician. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in music and theatre arts, Jim went on to receive his M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, with a concentration in youth ministry, then spent several years in full time ministry, focusing on youth and music ministry, and serving as a consultant in youth ministry. Jim holds a Ph.D. in the history and theology of the early Christian church from Northwestern University, with secondary concentrations in New Testament interpretation and the history of the Roman Empire. He has also studied Roman history at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. He is now Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary (on the campus of Northwestern University) in Evanston. IL. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor for Barat College, Elmhurst College, Loyola University's Institute for Pastoral Studies, and the lay and deacon formation programs of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Jim is also a published songwriter and professional musician, performing and recording as a solo and with his group, "Remember Rome." He is a teacher of songwriting, has written and arranged music for church choirs, and has written two musicals; "Treasures of the Heart" (A Christmas Musical), and "The Prodigal's Dream" (An Easter Opera). Visit Jim's music website at www.StillQuietVoice.com. Jim is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the North American Patristics Society, and the Catholic Association of Music.
For more information, visit the author's home page, www.JimPapandrea.com.
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Four centuries later, even ordinary men and women prospered in what had become a vigorous new Christian society – a society that served the vulnerable, exalted women, treasured virtue, and loved peace.
Faith had triumphed. Truth was proclaimed. And on this rock-solid foundation, Christian society flourished in the West for the next 1500 years.
These eye-opening pages document the many ways in which Christians penetrated and civilized that debased Roman empire, introducing then-radical notions such as the equal dignity of women, respect for life, protection of the weak and vulnerable, and the obligation of rulers to serve those they rule and maximize their freedom.
Here you’ll learn about the seven specific areas where any paganism, ancient or modern, is particularly vulnerable. They provide a roadmap for modern Christians to reclaim for the Faith our own neo-pagan modern culture.
Facing an overwhelmingly dark and hostile culture, Rome’s early Christians took the steps necessary to transform it. Their struggles and the hard lessons they learned – documented here – afford us hope that, by imitating their example, we may do the same for our culture today.
Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (first place, best new religious book series).
The first three centuries of the Christian faith were a period of missionary zeal, deep thought, and tribulation. In The Early Church (33–313): St. Peter, the Apostles, and Martyrs, Catholic historian and biblical expert James Papandrea dispels what he calls common “mythconceptions” about the early years of Christianity. Tracking the challenges of heresy and persecution throughout the period, Papandrea shines a spotlight on the earliest saints and explores the growth and development of the new Church.
The first Apostles spread the message of Jesus Christ and were willing to suffer and die for their faith. The next generations of believers followed their example, producing inspiring martyrs including Polycarp, Justin, Perpetua, and Sebastian, and great thinkers such as Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Eusebius. In The Early Church (33–313), author and historian James Papandrea presents a clear account of the Church’s first three centuries and provides evidence to refute fourteen commonly held beliefs about the Catholic Church. You will learn:
- No money or power was attached to being a bishop or priest in the early Church.
- Christian holidays were not adaptations of pagan celebrations.
- Christians have never believed in an eternal life for souls without bodies.
- The doctrine of the Trinity was not forced upon the Church by Constantine, but rather was a belief from the beginning of Christianity.
With clear explanation and inspiring stories, Papandrea sorts through what we do and don’t know about the early Church and enables Catholics and fellow Christians to make sense of the Church’s beginnings.
An overview of all mainstream early Christian documents (not including the New Testament) up through the fifth century.
In this clear and concise introduction, James Papandrea sets out five of the principal images of Christ that dominated belief and debate in the postapostolic age. While beliefs on the ground were likely more tangled and less defined than we can know, Papandrea helps us see how Logos Christology was forged as the beginning of the church's orthodox confession.
This informative and clarifying study of early Christology provides a solid ground for students to begin to explore the early church and its Christologies.
An urbane Roman landowner and merchant is intrigued by the Christian faith―but is he willing to give up his status and lifestyle to join the church? Meanwhile his young client, a catechumen in the church at Rome, is beginning to see just how much his newfound faith will require of him.
A Week in the Life of Rome is a cross section of ancient Roman society, from the overcrowded apartment buildings of the poor to the halls of the emperors. Against this rich backdrop, illuminated with images and explanatory sidebars, we are invited into the daily struggles of the church at Rome just a few years before Paul wrote his famous epistle to them. A gripping tale of ambition, intrigue, and sacrifice, James Papandrea's novel is a compelling work of historical fiction that shows us the first-century Roman church as we've never seen it before.
Trinity 101 offers readers a basic approach to the Trinity as history portrays it, as a doctrinal concept, and how it is revealed in the Scripture. This is highly useful to those seeking a starting point of Christian theological study of the Trinity, from high school age onwards; and also to educated adults who are drawn to this topic. James Papandrea writes in an engaging and accessible style on the theological background of the Trinity.
"By grounding his interpretation on the historical reality of its author, James L. Papandrea has accomplished the very difficult task of liberating the Book of Revelation from the limitations imposed on it by both fundamentalist and liberal readings. As the title suggests, this is a historical approach to Revelation, which tries to avoid the mistakes made by those interpreters who see in it a blueprint for the future of the world or simply a metaphorical or symbolic account. This book will be very useful for those who want to attain a balanced and relevant reading of a text well traveled."
--Osvaldo D. Vena
Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Jim Papandrea is currently Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evengelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Some of his Church History lectures and other videos can be found on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JimPapandrea. His recorded music can be found at his music ministry website: http://www.stillquietvoice.com. To contact Dr. Papandrea or to connect via social media, visit is main page: www.JimPapandrea.com.
Here professor of Church history Dr. James Papandrea gathers in one place all that is known about the afterlife— drawn from the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles, the Church Fathers, and the Church's Magisterium— affording, for the first time ever, a complete, authoritative, detailed portrait of the state of souls after death and the realms we enter. The following are among the many questions he answers:
- If, as St. Paul says, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,” how can our bodies enter Heaven?
- After death but before the final resurrection, are we simply unconscious?
- What is our resurrection like? (And does it differ from Jesus' Resurrection?)
- Are ghosts real? (You'll be surprised at what the Church Fathers have to say.)
- What is the difference between Heaven and Paradise?
- Which of our parts will accompany us to Heaven (and which must be left behind)?
- In Heaven, do we still eat and drink?
- If, as Jesus says, there's no marrying in heaven, are we still male and female there?
- After our resurrection, will we, like Jesus, be able to pass through matter?
- And many more fascinating questions answered!
When cultures such as ours toss Jesus out one door, He comes in – albeit disguised – through another. That’s why author Jim Papandrea turned to Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix, Terminator, Spider-Man, Batman, Dr. Who, and half-a-dozen other modern shows, discovering in each one powerful images of Christ and salvation.
Nor is that surprising.
In stories of alternative universes, people always need rescuing; somebody needs to save the day; and sometimes the whole world cries out for a savior . . . which is just what a hero is.
About the heroes of some of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time, author Papandrea here answers questions that concern Christians who are also Trekkies, Whovians, Matrix Dwellers, or aficionados of popular science fiction: What kind of “Christ-figure” is the hero of this story, and what does that say about the show’s vision of Christ, humanity and salvation?
In the interest of being scientific, Papandrea even gives each hero a Numerical Orthodoxy Score based on the description of Christ in the Nicene Creed, Christianity’s common definition of orthodoxy.
Included herein are astute Christian analyses of:
Batman * Captain * America * Doctor Who * The Fifth Element * I, Robot * Iron Man * LOST * The Matrix * Planet of the Apes * Pleasantville * Spider-Man * Star Trek * Star Wars * Superman * The Terminator * The Time Machine * Tron * Wonder Woman
Here you’ll read about:
- The pervasive Christian imagery in Doctor Who
- Star Trek’s predicted “death of God”
- Free-will: the stumbling block in the first Matrix
- The crucifixion of Spider-Man
- Why Wonder Woman is an image of a gnostic savior
- The meaning of salvation in Star Wars (It masquerades as Christian)
- How Superman’s life begins as a parallel of Moses.
- I, Robot: the religious reason why the robot is called “Sonny”
- Whether, in any Christian sense, Neo is The One?
- Captain American and Iron-Man: one defends the innocent, the other brings justice to the guilty
- The tomb scene in the Fifth Element: it’s not the resurrection we need
- Matter vs. Spirit in Tron: gnostic to the core
- The anti-Christian bias of Planet of the Apes
- Why the Force in Star Wars is no analogy to Grace or the Holy Spirit
- The Star Wars Christ figure: Obi-Wan? Luke? Or even, ultimately, Darth Vader
- What Heaven is understood to be in the LOST universe
- Time travel as incarnation in The Terminator: a compelling analogy
- Regeneration as resurrection in Doctor Who: Is it Christ-like?
- How Pleasantville reverses the dynamism of the Fall
- The baptismal significance of the plane crash in LOST
- Pleasantville: a twisted version of Eden
- The incarnation of the Christ-figure in Planet of the Apes
- Tron’s parallels between Christianity and the Roman Empire
. . . and much more about other science fiction and superhero shows!
Christians who enjoy popular culture will greet this fun book with interest and acclaim.
"Jim Papandrea has rectified the long-standing neglect of Novatian, a sophisticated thinker a century ahead of his time. Dr. Papandrea insightfully corrects the simplistic, age-old equation of subordination of power with inferiority of substance. Students of early Christian thought will appreciate Papandrea's survey of a trajectory that begins in the second century and culminates in Nicea and Chalcedon."
-A. Andrew Das
"Bringing to life Novatian of Rome--a figure whose long-lasting effects on orthodox theology have some times been overshadowed by his more famous contemporaries-in a coherent and excellently researched book, James Papandrea offers rich and valuable insights into the development of Trinitarian and christological thought in the Latin West during the crucial pre-Nicene period. This book is a much needed companion to any treatment of Christology and Trinity and will be used by both seminarians and historians alike."
The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
"In Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy Papandrea provides a concise overview of the complex aspects of second- and third-century Christology and how these various streams of thought flowed together in the thought of Novatian, an oft-overlooked but fascinating theologian whose life experiences illustrate his sincere commitment to the spirituality and theology of the Church. This is an excellent resource for anyone considering the development of Christian doctrine in this formative period."
Chaminade University of Honolulu
James L. Papandrea is Assistant Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He is the author of The Wedding of the Lamb: A Historical Approach to the Book of Revelation (Pickwick 2011), Spiritual Blueprint: How We Live, Work, Love, Play, and Pray (2010), and The Trinitarian Theology of Novatian of Rome (2008).
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In Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians, James L. Papandrea (Seven Revolutions) examines that most crucial era in the transmission of Christian truth: the time of the early Church. During those few centuries following the apostolic age, the brilliant and holy pastors, teachers, and writers known as the Church Fathers took the gospel they received and developed the doctrines and practices that defined the Christian religion.
And that religion of the Fathers continues today—faithfully kept, vibrant and alive—in the Catholic Church.
The essence of Christianity is this: we hold fast to what we were given by those who came before us. From Jesus and the apostles to believers throughout history, God’s saving revelation has been proclaimed, preserved, and passed on, each generation not inventing the Faith for itself but staying true to the tradition it received.
Papandrea demonstrates that the early Christians were decisively Catholic in how they acted and what they believed in, including:
•The authority of the Church and Sacred Tradition in addition to Scripture
•The sacraments, including the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
•An ecclesial hierarchy with priests, bishops, and a pope
•A theology of salvation that included the importance of works and free will
•Prayers and devotions to the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary
More than a compilation of Patristic prooftexts (important though these are), Handed Down offers a fascinating window into the life of the early Church and the lessons it holds for us today. It’s perfect for history-conscious Protestants looking for a friendly defense of Catholic belief, as well as for Catholics who want to deepen their connection with our forefathers in the Faith.