“The study of the religious convictions of self-taught Americans in the early years of the republic reveals how much weight was placed on private judgment and how little on the roles of history, theology, and the collective will of the church.” So writes Nathan Hatch in his assessment of American religion in his excellent… Continue reading No Creeds! (Except What Celebrity Preacher Says)
Christians have always confessed that Christ is divine – not a being less than or subordinate to God, but God himself. Heretics in the early church fought against this doctrine; modern-day cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses still rail against it. But the deity of Christ is one of the fundamental truths of biblical religion. Jaroslav Pelikan… Continue reading Christ our God
Here are some great words from a late second century AD Christian tract/treatise called the Epistle to Diognetus (10:2-5). “Oh the surpassing kindness and love of God! He did not hate us, or reject us, or bear a grudge against us; instead he was patient and forbearing; in his mercy he took upon himself our… Continue reading O The Sweet Exchange!
The early church fathers and apologists spent much time debating and debunking the prevalent pagan cosmologies of their day. Most of the cosmologies back then essentially denied that God made the world out of nothing. Of course, this debate is still going on; modern Christian theologians and philosophers are still pointing out the weaknesses and… Continue reading Creation and Cosmology in the Early Church
I recently picked up a copy of this 2011 publication: Confident of Better Things: Essays Commemorating Seventy-Five Years of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (ed. John Muether and Danny Olinger). This is a thick book (500 pages) and I haven’t read every essay in it, but I would like to point it out to our readers.… Continue reading Essays On The OPC: A Brief Review