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This page provides links to websites and articles relating to Christian history, including theological development, notable figures, contributions of Christianity to society and culture, and the archaeological evidence for the facts of the Bible.

Archaeology Sites
Archaeology Articles
Church History
Theological History
Notable Christian Figures
Christianity's Contributions

Archaeology Sites

Links to sites related to archaeology and early Christian history.

Archaeology Articles

Links to articles related to archaeology and early Christian history.

Church History

Links to articles and websites related to the institutional history of the Christian Church.

Theological History

Links to articles and websites related to the theological history of the Christian Church.

Notable Christian Figures

Links to articles related to notable historical Christian figures.

Christianity's Contributions

Links to articles related to Christianity’s historical contributions to culture and society.

Archaeology Sites

  • Amazing Discoveries in Bible Archaeology
    A link page to various sites on Biblical Archaeology.
  • Archaeology and the Bible
    The Associates for Biblical Research monitors new archeological discoveries of the ancient Biblical world, and in fact produces many of these new discoveries through its own staff of professional archaeologists. Source of the Radio Program "Stones Cry Out".
  • Associates for Biblical Research
    To provide information to the Christian community and the general public by the most effective means available on the subject of Biblical archaeology and the creation/evolution issues. This information is to be obtained from original research and fieldwork, and the research and fieldwork done by others outside the organization.
  • B.A.S.E Institute
    The Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration (B.A.S.E.) Institute is dedicated to the quest for archaeological evidence to help validate to the world that the Bible is true, and that it represents an accurate, non-fictional account of God’s will to bring the people of this world back into relationship with Him. This website contains fascinating information on Noah's Ark, Mount Sinai, the Ark of the Covenant, and Paul's Shipwreck.
  • BIBARCH™ — The Premier Biblical Archaeology Website
    This website remains unique in biblical archaeology since its focus is upon the whole field of biblical archaeology in its quest to learn more about the culture of biblical peoples. Includes articles on Golgotha, Artaxerxes, the last seder and the Mosaic Covenant.
  • The Biblical and American Archaeologist
    The BAA exists to help people learn about archaeology as it relates to the Old and New Testament for the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. It serves to demonstrate the incredible accuracy of the Bible as an ancient document, and to create a base of fellowship for people with these interests.
  • Bible and Interpretation
    Bible and Interpretation is designed to appeal to a significant public and scholarly audience who are interested in the most current news and interpretations on the Bible. It endeavors to bring the latest news and information in the field of biblical studies to a wide readership and to contact scholars for comment and analysis. As the site matures and grows, it will elicit articles from individuals representing the best scholarship available for the general public and students.
  • Bible Archaeology - from Christian Broadcast Network
    A page of links to articles, videos and 3-D tours related to Biblical Archaeology from CBN.
  • Bible Archaeology - What Do We Know?
    This Bible Study Resource reconstructs the world of the Old and New Testaments --- from Abraham to Ziggurats.
  • The Biblical Archaeology Foundation
    The FBA is a private, non-profit organization established to Promote Biblical Archaeology as a Discipline by Raising Funds for Excavation, Publication, Research and Education. Articles include information on an ancient amulet with the Tetragrammaton from Sepphoris, Hezekiah's Reforms and Crucifixion.
  • Biblical Archaeology
    WF Albright School of Biblical Archaeology Totally Free Biblical Archaeology News/Courses.
  • Biblical Archaeology News from Bible History Online
    Recent archaeological discoveries as well as comparative historical research and philological studies, along with an analysis and interpretation of the Old Testament text have made possible a fuller and more reliable picture of Biblical history than in previous eras. With the advent of the computer and Internet age, the Lord has allowed the study of the Bible to be greatly enhanced, bringing the images of the past as well as the work of devoted teachers and scholars right into our homes. Bible History Online hopes to assist and encourage all those who humbly pursue and correctly handle the word of truth. (2 Tim 2:15).
  • Biblical Archaeological Review
    BAR connects academic study of the Bible to a broad general audience. Covering both the Old and New Testaments, BAR presents the latests discoveries and controversies in Biblical Archaeology.
  • Biblical Archaeology Society
    Publishers of the Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review and Archeology Odyssey. BAS educates the public about archaeology and the Bible through magazines, books, visual materials and seminars. BAS serves as an important authority and as an invaluable source of reliable information.
  • Bible History Online
    The focus at Bible History Online is history and the Bible. The Bible is about God's activities in history. It deals with actual people in an actual geographical area during actual specified historical times who had contact with other actual peoples and empires whom we know of from sources outside the Bible. Knowledge of the historical background of the Bible is essential to any serious student of the Scriptures. This site am trying to focus more on factual historical information within the sites that I list, and gear it toward people who are more equipped to discern truth from error. Be sure to visit Biblical Archaeology News from Bible History Online where recent archaeological discoveries as well as comparative historical research and philological studies, along with an analysis and interpretation of the Old Testament text have made possible a fuller and more reliable picture of Biblical history than in previous eras. With the advent of the computer and Internet age, the Lord has allowed the study of the Bible to be greatly enhanced, bringing the images of the past as well as the work of devoted teachers and scholars right into our homes. Bible History Online hopes to assist and encourage all those who humbly pursue and correctly handle the word of truth. (2 Tim 2:15).
  • BiblicalStudies.org's Archaeology Page
    An outstanding British site maintained by Robert I Bradshaw providing several articles on Biblical archaeology.
  • CenturyOne Foundation
    COF's goals are to fund in whole and/or in part archaeological projects, historical and biblical research, lectures and symposiums, publications and education on subjects pertaining to the time of the first century C.E./A.D. Good bookstore.
  • God and Science's Page on Archaeology and the Bible
    A series of articles on recent discoveries in Biblical Archaeology maintained by CADRE member Richard Deem.
  • Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies
    The Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies is a non-profit tax-exempt organization interested in the areas of Bible and science. The goals of the Institute are to educate people about Bible and science and to do research in Bible and science. Some articles are specific to archaeology.

Archeology Articles

  • Shroud of Germs
    by Prof. Stephen Mattingly

    Stephen Mattingly of the University of Texas Health Science Centre in San Antonio believes the image on the Turin shroud was created by bacteria. The humble microbes multiplied in the wounds of a person who died very slowly, and whose corpse was then washed and wrapped in a linen sheet in readiness for burial.
  • Piercing an Ancient Tale: Solving the Mystery of a Christian Relic
    by Maryann Bird

    The main body of the Holy Lance dated to the medieval age, dating to the 7th century at the earliest; but an iron pin — long claimed to be a nail from the crucifixion, hammered into the blade and set off by tiny brass crosses — is "con-sistent" in length and shape with a 1st century Roman nail.
  • From Computers and Science, a New Face of Jesus
    by Jeordan Legon

    The Jesus pictured on the cover of Popular Mechanics has a broad peasant's face, dark olive skin, short curly hair and a prominent nose. He would have stood 5-foot-1-inch tall and weighed 110 pounds.
  • Fact or Fiction (Biblical Stories)?
    by Stephen Wood

    What, then, can be said about the Bible as historical truth in a time of so much controversy? Wood of the Associates for Biblical Research offers this summation of its authenticity: "A proper interpretation of the archaeological data demonstrates historical accuracy going clear back to Genesis."
  • Shanks Unearths the History of the Bible
    by Stephen Wood

    A distinguished archeologist in Israel, digging in Tel-Dan, dug up a fragment in 1993 of a stela that mentions the house or dynasty of David that dates about 150 years after David's time.
  • Biblical Archaeology: Silencing the Critics
    by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon

    "Significantly, even liberal theologians, secular academics, and critics generally cannot deny that archaeology has confirmed the biblical record at many points. Rationalistic detractors of the Bible can attack it all day long, but they cannot dispute archaeological facts."
  • Digging Up the Wrong Pharoah
    by Gary DeMar

    Responding to the Discovery Channel's special “Rameses: Wrath Of God Or Man?”, Mr. DeMar notes: "The operating presuppositions of most modern-day archeologists are clear: First, in order for the Bible to be validated as accurate history, it must be supported by some so-called objective secular source of the period. Second, any history other than biblical history is always more reliable. Third, the Current Consensus Chronology (CCC) is correct."

Church History

  • Bede's Library
    CADRE member Bede is a respected British scientist and historian. His site features many valuable pieces "setting the record straight," including works on Copernicus, the Witch Trials, the Great Library of Alexandria and the interaction between Christianity and science.
  • Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    The Bryn Mawr Classical Review publishes timely reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies (including archaeology). This site is the authoritative archive of BMCR's publication, from 1990 to the present. From June 2002, this site also preserves the reviews of Bryn Mawr Electronic Resources Review, which published reviews of non-print classical scholarship.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    A large (and growing daily) database of public domain Christian classics - complete works available for download, from Augustine to Wesley - all for free! Includes Early Church Fathers, a public domain publication of the writings of the early church fathers in 38 Volumes. A source document dream!
  • Christianity Today's Church History Page
    Contains many articles about Church history online, as well as offering a guide to past issues and features.
  • classictexts.net Home Page
    Complete texts of 1500+ books from 500+ authors, old but newly edited, colleted and arranged by Dr. Patrick Rogers in the areas of Bibles, Church Fathers, Greco-Roman Texts, Theology, Philosophy, History, Literature, and more. Fee for service.
  • The Development of the Canon of the New Testament
    A tremendous resource on the thoughts and writings of the early church fathers on the books contained in the New Testament. The chart containing a summary of the research is a must for understanding why books were included in the Canon while others were excluded.
  • EarlyChurch.org.uk
    An outstanding British site maintained by Robert I Bradshaw providing numerous articles on the early church, its creeds, people, doctrines and heresys (among other things).
  • The Ecole Initiative
    The Early Church On-Line Encyclopedia (Ecole) Initiative is a cooperative effort on the part of scholars across the internet to establish a hypertext encyclopedia of early Church history (to the Reformation) on the World-Wide Web. In principle, authors of the various articles that make up the encyclopedia maintain their own articles at their own locations.
  • Early Church Fathers
    Page from the Catholic Encyclopedia linking to the articles in that on-line publication on the various Church Fathers.
  • The Halls of Church History
    Also known as "Theology from a Bunch of Dead Guys", this site includes writings by The Church Fathers, The Medieval Churchmen, The Heretics, The Eastern Orthodox, The Catholics, The Reformers, The Puritans, The Anabaptists, The Arminians, The Cultists, The Unorthodox, The Baptists, and The Recent Stalwarts.
  • Guide to Early Church Documents
    This hypertext document contains pointers to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.
  • A Josephus Page
    A site dedicated to the scholarly study of the works of Flavius Josephus. Contains a guide to resources for the study of Josephus--including a large collection of on-line articles and reviews and information about the searchable Josephus bibliography at Muenster.
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
    The official publication of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS), the Journal of Early Christian Studies focuses on the study of Christianity in the context of late ancient societies and religions from c.e. 100-700. Incorporating The Second Century (an earlier publication), the Journal publishes the best of traditional patristics scholarship while showcasing articles that call attention to newer themes and methodologies than those appearing in other patristics journals. You must pay a subscription fee to view articles.
  • The Tertullian Project
    An unparalleled collection of material ancient and modern about the ancient Christian Latin writer Tertullian and his writings. Maintained by the unparalleled Roger Pearce. If you are looking for information on Eusebius of Caesarea, check out his section.

Theological History

Notable Christian Figures

Christianity's Contributions

  • The Benevolent Influence of Christianity
    by Wayne Jackson

    Uses reveailing admissions by anti-Christian philosopher Bertrand Russell to point out positive Christian contributions to the status of women, the banning of infanticide, and ending the gladitorial games in Rome.
  • Christianity: The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Women
    by Sue Bohlin

    As a result of Jesus Christ and His teachings, women in much of the world today, especially in the West, enjoy more privileges and rights than at any other time in history. It takes only a cursory trip to an Arab nation or to a Third World country to see how little freedom women have in countries where Christianity has had little or no presence. It’s the best thing that ever happened to women.
  • Christianity and the Rise of Science
    by CADRE member Bede

    Bede concludes that "Christianity had an important impact on every step of the road to modern science." Relying on his training in science and in history, Bede explains how and lists the specific areas in which Christianity contributed to the rise of science.
  • Pagans, Christianity, and Charity
    by CADRE member Christopher Price

    In sum, where Christianity spread it carried with it the teaching that charity was a religious duty and should be broadly given. When Christianity rose to prominence in the Roman Empire, new charitable programs were instituted. Through the Middle Ages, Christianity promoted wide-spread charity to those in need. Even into our modern day, the great charitable organizations in the West were founded upon this Christian ethic. Modern day polls also show that Christianity plays a very significant role in providing charitable giving and services. Accordingly, Christian promotion of charity is one of its great contributions to humanity.
  • Pagans, Christianity, and Infanticide
    by CADRE member Christopher Price

    Although ancient and pagan Greek and Rome had practiced and encouraged infanticide for hundreds and hundreds of years, Christianity fundamentally altered those societies. Christianity eliminated the promotion and encouragement of infanticide by government and leading societal institutions in Western Civilization. Clearly, one unique and valuable contribution of Christianity to Western Civilization was its opposition to infanticide.
  • Warrior Challenge. Gladiators.
    by PBS

    Provides a good overview of the chronology of the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome and the role Christianity played in ending them.

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." 1 Peter 3:15