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?
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
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)
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
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