Did Jesus Make Historical Errors?

A recent Facebook post asked the intriguing question of whether or not believers in Jesus (i.e. in Jesus' full deity) would be comfortable if it were true that Jesus referenced Old Testament events that were not factually true as if they were factually true. That is, could Jesus as God incarnate genuinely reference Old Testament … Continue reading Did Jesus Make Historical Errors?

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