An Historical Overview of Charismatic Catholicism

The Catholic charismatic movement in the United States began during the 1960s, encompassing various forms of Pentecostalism. Pentecostalism in the U.S. Catholic charismatics practice forms of Pentecostalism that embrace the belief that individuals can receive gifts of the Holy Spirit. Modern Pentecostalism in the United States began on Azuza Street in Los Angeles. Starting in[…]

Religion in 18th-Century America and the Emergence of Evangelicism

The Great Awakening swept the English-speaking world, as religious energy vibrated between the U.K. and the American colonies. Introduction Against a prevailing view that eighteenth-century Americans had not perpetuated the first settlers’ passionate commitment to their faith, scholars now identify a high level of religious energy in colonies after 1700. According to one expert, religion[…]

A History of the ‘Divine Right of Kings’ Doctrine

The origins of the theory are rooted in the medieval idea that God had bestowed earthly power to the king. Introduction The Divine Right of Kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal absolutism. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will[…]

The Development of the Church in Medieval Christianity

Christianity had developed as a religious idea in Roman Palestine and slowly spread throughout the Empire. By Fr. Chad J. Stumph, D.D. Christianity transformed from a persecuted, unorganized group of believers into a hierarchical, dominating Church over the course of seven centuries, developing alongside the changing political environment of post-Roman Europe. The development of the[…]