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Reply To: What were some of your primary takeaways after reading Christianity in the First 1000 Years? Did anything surprise you?

Michael Caplan


I agree with your takeaways. As a Catholic, it was fascinating for me to ponder how many of the liturgical practices I love, such as singing ‘Agnus Dei’ during Mass, are likely derived from Eastern not Western sources. I presumed because the hymn is a famous Latin one that it was a medieval creation but astonishing to consider it was adapted from customs brought by Pope Sergius. Likewise I was unaware of how for a large portion of the early Church there were effectively more dioceses and Christians in the East than in the West.