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‚Äôs 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

Early Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part III – Line 1 of the Nicene Creed

Continuing in this examination of the early Christian creeds, specifically the Nicene Creed, I open this post with a few comments by J.N.D. Kelly. Then, I will reproduce the first line of the Nicene Creed, and examine it with regard to how to think about its claims from the stance of Christian apologetics. First Kelly … Continue reading Early Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part III – Line 1 of the Nicene Creed

Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part II – The Nicene Creed

Continuing in this examination of the early creeds and their usefulness for apologetics, I turn now to the Nicene Creed. About this particular creedal formulae J.N.D. Kelly states: Prior to the beginning of the fourth century all creeds and summaries of faith were local in character. It was taken for granted, of course, that they … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part II – The Nicene Creed

Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part I

In reflecting a lot recently about the importance of the early Christian, ecumenical creeds. In light of the multifarious challenges facing Christians today, everything ranging from: post-modernism, progressive Christianity, liberation and process theologies, the ever-increasing proliferation of cults (e.g. Scientology), heresies (e.g. oneness Pentacostalism), or otherwise non-orthodox portrayals of Jesus, or just the seemingly endless … Continue reading Early Christian Creeds and Their Importance for Apologetics: Part I