Overview: Part Three
  • 1. Celtic Christianity
  • The religious background to the story of St. Patrick.
  • 2. The Real Patrick
  • Once a slave in Ireland, Patrick responds to a divine call and returns to the Emerald Isle as a missionary.
  • 3. Celtic Sabbath
  • Saturday observed as the Sabbath by Celtic Christians.
  • 4. Margaret of Scotland
  • Margaret comes from England, marries King Malcolm, and attempts to reform Sunday observance in Scotland.
  • 5. Assault on the Sabbath
  • The Church of Rome promotes the Sabbath (Saturday) fast as an expression of anti-Jewish sentiments.
  • 6. Power Struggle
  • The "Sabbath fast" becomes a key issue in the rivalry between church leaders in Rome and Constantinople.
  • 7. Deceptions
  • The "letter from heaven" threatens Sunday-breakers.
  • 8. Fight for Truth
  • Resistance to church/state authority brings tragedy.
  • 9. John Wycliffe: Champion of Conscience
  • An Oxford professor focuses new attention on the Bible as the supreme authority for Christian faith and practice.
  • 10. The Lollards
  • Wycliffe's followers take his views throughout England and beyond.
  • 11. The Church vs. the Bible
  • The church-state establishment opposes the spread of the Bible and the ideas of Wycliffe and the Lollards.