How’s Your Church History IQ?

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  1. Duane Arnold says:

    The answers will be posted this evening at 6.00 pm (PST) in the comments section of this post.

  2. Josh The Baptist says:

    Uh oh 🙂

  3. Michael says:

    1. True

    2. False

    3. True

    4. True

    5. True

    6. False

    7. True

    8. True

    9. True

    10. False

    11. True

    12. False

    13. True

    14. True

    15. False

  4. Jerod says:

    8, if I go by Michael’s answers.

    Would have had 9 but mixed up Geneva for Zurich. They both seem cold and full of many blondes.

  5. Jerod says:

    I’m guessing Alban was the first martyr in Britain, but wasn’t there someone the Vikings killed as well?

    BTW, I believe history repeats in a spiraling progression toward the end of all things. If you were to hold this view, what period of history might you say we are repeating as Western Christianity?

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    What period of history are we repeating? It’s tempting to say the Dark Ages! In reality, we are probably going through the Latitudinarianism of the 18th and early 19th century… with no Great Awakening in sight…

  7. Eric says:

    11/15 for me, with a lot of guesses.

    I knew Jefferson cut up his bible, but I thought there was more to it than what he didn’t like.

    I knew Zwingli was a Reformation figure, but I thought he hung around Luther rather than Calvin, who was at Geneva.

    We’re a bit soft when it comes to lenten discipline these days 🙂

  8. Duane Arnold says:


    Not bad… even with guessing! Diet of Worms… ?

  9. I am very well read. And at this point, I would hope so.

  10. Duane Arnold says:


    Well done! Good practice for your upcoming exams…

  11. Jerod says:

    Looking up Lat i tud i nar i an ism… holy cow, lol. Scrabble, anyone?

  12. Jerod says:


    Actually, the name implies it!
    I think it implies tolerance, though.

    If we consider the current state of politics as two opposing religious orders, it doesn’t seem to fit. We are so quick to light each other on fire, so to speak.

  13. Duane Arnold says:


    It is also the idea of not caring one way or the other…

  14. Jerod says:

    Right, but it seems that everyone has a damn to give in any direction on any issue, especially when it comes to borders – be it between the vaginal canal and the abortionist, the US and Mexico, binary genders (or none) and what one does with their privates. Everyone cares with religious fervor, everyone seeks an outward sign of political religiosity that aligns with their identity,
    and Christians and Jews are increasingly the recipients of hatred.

    If I’m understanding you correctly, then we were in an age of Latitudinarianism about five or ten years ago. Since Obergefell v Ferguson that old slippery slope logical fallacy doesn’t seem like so much the fallacy anymore. I think we’re coming down the backside of the Spiral where we’ve gone from Latitudinarianism into an age where science is rejected once again. The temptation to say it is becoming the Dark Ages is mighty powerful! Heck, it might even get to the point where they kill Christians and think they’re doing God (Rousseau’s Sovereign Will?) a favor.

  15. Jerod says:

    Moreover science is not rejected on the basis of ignorance, but on the basis of willful stupidity and amorality

  16. Em says:

    Hmmm…. Science rejected on the basis of wilful stupidity?
    Guess i’ll have to chew on that one a while….. ?

  17. Em says:

    Okay, i just proved i can’t multi-task anymore… I meant to say on the basis of amorality…. ?

  18. Outside T. Fold says:

    LOL on number 12. That was one where I falsed and grinned boldly (with apologies to Martin L).

    It’s been a long time since I took those classes, and it shows.

  19. Duane Arnold says:


    Glad you liked it!

  20. Duane Arnold says:

    For those who want to know more…

    1. Rudolf Bultmann, in full Rudolf Karl Bultmann, (born August 20, 1884, Wiefelstede, Germany—died July 30, 1976, Marburg, West Germany), leading 20th-century Lutheran New Testament scholar known for his program to “demythologize” the New Testament—i.e., to interpret, according to the concepts of existentialist philosophy, the essential message of the New Testament that was expressed in mythical terms.

    2. St. Bernard de Clairvaux, (born 1090, probably Fontaine-les-Dijon, near Dijon, Burgundy [France]—died August 20, 1153, Clairvaux, Champagne; canonized January 18, 1174; feast day August 20), Cistercian monk and mystic, the founder and abbot of the abbey of Clairvaux and one of the most influential churchmen of his time.

    3. Maximilian Weber (April 21, 1864 – June 14, 1920) was a German political economist and sociologist who is considered one of the founders of the modern “antipositivistic” study of sociology and public administration. His major works deal with the sociology of religion and government, but he also wrote much in the field of economics. His most recognized work is his essay The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, which began his work in the sociology of religion. Weber argued that religion was one of the primary reasons for the different ways the cultures of the Occident and the Orient have developed. Weber stated that the modern world was devoid of gods, because we had chased them away, and he feared that loss of religious ideals and commitment had endangered human society, causing it to become a prison in which humankind would be trapped in a soulless existence.

    4. Saint Alban is venerated as the first-recorded British Christian martyr, for which reason he is considered to be the British protomartyr. Along with fellow Saints Julius and Aaron, Alban is one of three named martyrs recorded at an early date from Roman Britain.

    5. Remarks on Certain Passages in the Thirty-Nine Articles, better known as Tract 90, was a theological pamphlet written by the English theologian and churchman John Henry Newman and published in 1841. It is the most famous and the most controversial of the Tracts for the Times produced by the first generation of the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement. In Tract 90, Newman engaged in a detailed examination of the 39 Articles, suggesting that the negations of the 39 Articles (a key doctrinal standard for the Church of England) were not directed against the authorized creed of Roman Catholics, but only against popular errors and exaggerations.

    6. St. Bede the Venerable, Bede also spelled Baeda or Beda, (born 672/673, traditionally Monkton in Jarrow, Northumbria [England]—died May 25, 735, Jarrow; canonized 1899; feast day May 25), Anglo-Saxon theologian, historian, and chronologist. St. Bede is best known for his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (“Ecclesiastical History of the English People”), a source vital to the history of the conversion to Christianity of the Anglo-Saxon tribes.

    7. Saint Patrick (Latin: Patricius; Irish: Pádraig [ˈpˠaːd̪ˠɾˠəɟ]; Welsh: Padrig) was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, the other patron saints being Brigit of Kildare and Columba. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Churches, the Old Catholic Church, and in the Eastern Orthodox Church as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland.

    8. Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109) was the outstanding Christian philosopher and theologian of the eleventh century. He is best known for the celebrated “ontological argument” for the existence of God in the Proslogion, but his contributions to philosophical theology (and indeed to philosophy more generally) go well beyond the ontological argument. In what follows I examine Anselm’s theistic proofs, his conception of the divine nature, and his account of human freedom, sin, and redemption.

    9. Rosemary Radford Ruether is an American feminist scholar and Catholic theologian. Ruether is an advocate of women’s ordination, a movement among Catholic religious persons who affirm women’s capacity to serve as priests, despite official sanction.

    10. Huldrych Zwingli, Huldrych also spelled Ulrich, (born Jan. 1, 1484, Wildhaus in the Toggenburg, Sankt Gallen, Switz.—died Oct. 11, 1531, near Kappel), the most important reformer in the Swiss Protestant Reformation and the only major reformer of the 16th century whose movement did not evolve into a church. Like Martin Luther, he accepted the supreme authority of the Scriptures, but he applied it more rigorously and comprehensively to all doctrines and practices. He centered his work in Zurich.

    11. James II of England (also known as James VII of Scotland; October 14, 1633 – September 16, 1701) became King of England, King of Scots, and King of Ireland on February 6, 1685, and Duke of Normandy on December 31, 1660. He was the last Roman Catholic monarch to reign over the Kingdom of Scotland, Kingdom of England, and Kingdom of Ireland. Many of his subjects distrusted his religious policies and supposed despotism, leading a group of them to depose him in the Glorious Revolution. He was replaced not by his Roman Catholic son, James Francis Edward, but by his Protestant daughter and son-in-law, Mary II and William III, who became joint rulers in 1689.

    12. The Diet of Worms of 1521 was an imperial diet (an assembly meeting) of the Holy Roman Empire. It was convened to determine how authorities (both political and religious) should respond to Martin Luther’s teachings. The diet was held in Worms, Germany (pronounced ‘Vurmz’ and hence the name).

    13. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, commonly referred to as the Jefferson Bible, refers to one of two religious works constructed by Thomas Jefferson. The first, The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth, was completed in 1804, but no copies exist today. The second, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, was completed in 1820 by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson’s condensed composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels that contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages that portray Jesus as divine.

    14. St. Cyprian, Latin in full Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus, (born 200 CE, Carthage—died September 14, 258, Carthage; Western and Eastern feast day September 16; Anglican feast day September 26), early Christian theologian and bishop of Carthage who led the Christians of North Africa during a period of persecution from Rome. Upon his execution he became the first bishop-martyr of Africa. He believed that only membership in the Church through baptism would grant salvation.

    15. Augustine of Hippo wrote the City of God in response to the fall of Rome to the Visigoths in AD 410.

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