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 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

Christianity or Atheism – Taking Apologetical Stock

Let's take stock of the main tensions facing both Christianity and Atheism. Just the essential ones, not contingent issues, like whether or not Hitler was a Christian or an Atheist (FYI, he was a Pantheist), or whether or not all Atheists are also Marxists (FYI, they're not). Rather, what are the substantive metaphysical, epistemological, moral, … Continue reading Christianity or Atheism – Taking Apologetical Stock