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 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