Christ our God

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

We Worship One God in Trinity

  One of the beauties of Reformed liturgy is that it reminds Christians week after week that we worship the Triune God.  In fact, as the pastor of a small Reformed church in rural Washington State, I begin many services with these words: “We are gathered here in the name of the Father, the Son,… Continue reading We Worship One God in Trinity

The Faith of Our Fathers

In the first of his five-volume series on the history and doctrinal developments of the Christian church, Jaroslav Pelikan evaluates, explains, and summarizes the Christian beliefs of the catholic (universal) church from 100-600 AD.  Since many people today are writing - and duped by - historical revisions of the early church and its beliefs, it… Continue reading The Faith of Our Fathers

Early Attacks on the Christian Gospel

One of my favorite sources for studies of the history of Christianity is Jarsolav Pelikan's five-volume set, The Christian Tradition.  Reading through volume 1, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600), I appreciated the section on how the early church apologists answered some critics' attacks on the person and work of Jesus.  Specifically, the opponents… Continue reading Early Attacks on the Christian Gospel

The Extent of the Atonement (Gottschalk)

Gottschalk (d. 869) was one of those theologians in the medieval church that stood firmly on the doctrines of sovereign grace (much like Augustine did in the early church context).  In J. Pelikan's Growth of Medieval Theology, there's a section about Gottschalk's explanation of Christ's atonement - specifically the extent of it (that is, definite or indefinite atonement). … Continue reading The Extent of the Atonement (Gottschalk)