We have recently looked at the discovered Greek manuscripts that date to the 2nd century AD, quotes from early Christian writers that date from the late 1st century to early 2nd century and at translations of New Testament texts into other languages that date to … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 7
God And The Problem Of Evil Five Views (IVP Academic, 2017) is an important book to read on at least two levels. One is to see how five scholars present their view of a problem that is of deep concern to humanity. The second is … Continue reading Book Review: God And The Problem of Evil Five Views
We are continuing to report about HOW atheist street epistemologists do what they do. If this is the first time you’ve read anything in this series, we invite you to read these articles when you have time. You may find the background helpful – Street Epistemology: Basic … Continue reading Street Epistemology: Basic Tactics, Part Six
Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church (Crossway, 2018) by John Onwuchekwa takes a look at prayer from a unique perspective – that of the church praying together.
Was Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah promised to Israel in the Old Testament? Did Jesus fulfill the Messianic prophecies? The New Testament texts confirm that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah. But, so what? Who cares what the New Testament “confirms” since the New … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 6
We should not be surprised that atheists, agnostics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other non-Christians do not believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ — but how can Christians say they do not believe Jesus physically rose from the dead? They can’t, right? A poll … Continue reading Christians Believe Jesus Physically Rose From The Dead – Right?
We are currently looking at how Christian Church leaders dealt with heresies in the 4th century AD. The most challenging of the heresies was Arianism – the claim that there was a time when the Son of God “was not” and was a creation of God the Father.
Emperor Constantine I called hundreds of bishops together in the city of Nicene to debate this important doctrine. A vast majority of the bishops who attended voted against Arius (namesake of the doctrine of Arianism), excommunicated him and his followers, and wrote a creed known as the “original” Nicene Creed.
That decision in 325 AD did not end the debate or disagreement among leaders in the Church. We detailed some of what happened between the year 325 AD and the Council of Nicea in 325 and the year 381 AD and first Council of Constantinople. You can read that article here.
Before moving to the next stage of the Church’s battle with heresy in the 4th century, let’s take a closer look at what may be the most important aspect of the challenge of Arianism – a challenge still faced today.