Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VIII – Nicene Creed Lines 12-14

As we wrap up this in-depth look at the Nicene Creed and its usefulness for defending the core, historical and Apostolic claims of a “mere Christianity” let me first make one additional point about the nature of the belief statements found in the creeds, a point which matters with regard to discerning a form of … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VIII – Nicene Creed Lines 12-14

Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VII – Nicene Creeds Lines 9-11 (The Holy Spirit)

In this series we have been carefully working through the early Church creeds, specifically the Nicene Creed. We are doing this in order to intellectually grasp what are the foundational propositional beliefs, or truth claims, that the early ecumenical (i.e. across the Roman Empire), apostolic (i.e. going back to Jesus’ disciples and their companions), and biblically grounded (derived directly from … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VII – Nicene Creeds Lines 9-11 (The Holy Spirit)

Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VI – Nicene Creed, Lines 3-9

We are looking at each line of the creed to determine what are the necessary, propositional claims we would need to identify and defend as Apologists who want to stay faithful to a Historical Christianity; a Christianity grounded in the Scriptures; the Apostolic proclamation of Jesus Christ, and the theological claims of the early Church … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part VI – Nicene Creed, Lines 3-9

Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part V – The Structure of the Nicene Creed

In this series of posts, we have been looking at the Nicene Creed in particular. This, for the sake of getting clarity on the core, early historical beliefs of classical, apostolic Christianity. Here, I want to share two more quotes from J.N.D. Kelly’s seminal work on the subject, and then examine one useful way we … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part V – The Structure of the Nicene Creed

Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part IV – Nicene Creed Line 2

This is the fourth installment in a series on the Nicene Creed. For earlier posts see here, here, and here. In this post I analyze the following lines of the Nicene Creed, which are primarily Christological: And in One Lord Jesus Christ The Only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages God … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part IV – Nicene Creed Line 2