Epiphanies and The Problem of Pain

15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;    I have borne your terrors and am in despair.16 Your wrath has swept over me;    your terrors have destroyed me.17 All day long they surround me like a flood;    they have completely engulfed me.18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—    darkness is my closest friend. Psalm 88, a song of Heman the Ezrahite The Problem … Continue reading Epiphanies and The Problem of Pain

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