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We’re still here, despite the fact that dozens of predictions have told us that the world would have ended by now. John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Joseph Smith, Jehovah’s Witnesses, John Wesley, Harold Camping and so many others have made bogus predictions. What should we think about this? How do people of faith look when we are clearly wrong in such public ways? In this episode of the Truce podcast, we examine some of the reasons behind these predictions and discuss a better way forward.

Truce is the Christian podcast that uses journalistic tools to look inside the Christian church. We press pause on the culture wars to explore how we got here and how we can do better.

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The 1800’s were a drunken mess. The median adult in the US drank 1.7 bottles of 80 proof alcohol each week. Each week! The 1800’s were also a time when women didn’t have many rights: they couldn’t vote, were expected to stay home, and were somewhat invisible in the public sphere. Until they’d had enough.

Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, women fought for their rights. On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we begin our series on this historic battle.

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The Ten Commandments. Can you name all of them? They may be the most famous Old Testament scriptures in the Bible. But what do we know about them? Do they still apply today? Our host, Chris Staron, talks about the biblical concept of covenants and why these commandments, though great, may not apply today.

Here’s the thing, we put up a big stink about monuments to the ten commandments. Roy Moore and Scott Pruitt are both prominent advocates for them being displayed in courtrooms, schools, and parks. But we, as Christians, are no longer under these laws. Why do we keep coming back to them? When will we start building monuments to “turn the other cheek” or “love your neighbor as yourself”?

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Is Jesus eternal? That was one of the main questions addressed at the first Council of Nicaea. They encapsulated the answer to our question inside the Nicene Creed… but they used an odd word to do it. What does the word “begotten mean”?

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How did they decide on the day we celebrate Easter? It turns out that it is tied to the first full moon of Spring. That decision was made at the Council of Nicaea, which was called by the Roman Emperor Constantine.

In this episode, we take a look at some of the considerations they had when choosing a day for Easter. Did it have to be on Sunday? Should it be tied to the Jewish celebration of Passover?

Our special guest for this episode is Professor Gerald Bray.

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Is Jesus God? Christians believe that he is. But did that idea come about at the Council of Nicaea? Did Constantine the Great invent the idea of Jesus’ as God. In this episode we explore some of the heresies put forth by The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown, and others. We also explore how the early church became entwined with relics.

Our guests for this series are Professor Gerald Bray and Professor David Potter.

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Christians were heavily persecuted in ancient Rome. Even in the Bible. But when did persecution end and Christianity become a force that would shape the world? It all began in the 300’s when the Roman Emperor Constantine saw a sign in the sky and claimed the name of Christ. Our guests for this series are Professor Gerald Bray and Professor David Potter.

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