Creeds, Council and Christ: Did the early Christians misrepresent Jesus?

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The question: 'Did the early Christians misrepresent Jesus?' has dominated modern theological discussion to such an extent that the history and development of the Church is widely regarded as a corruption of the original gospel message. The doctrines and practices of the first Christian communities have come under suspicion, and in some quarters they have been quite openly rejected by those who want a fundamentally different kind of Christianity. The purpose of this book is to explain in simple terms what the ...
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Overview

The question: 'Did the early Christians misrepresent Jesus?' has dominated modern theological discussion to such an extent that the history and development of the Church is widely regarded as a corruption of the original gospel message. The doctrines and practices of the first Christian communities have come under suspicion, and in some quarters they have been quite openly rejected by those who want a fundamentally different kind of Christianity. The purpose of this book is to explain in simple terms what the Early Church believed, and why it developed its theology in the way that it did. It is a defense of the classical orthodox beliefs contained in the major creeds and the statements of the General Councils of the first five centuries.Far from being innovations, these documents are re-statements of the teaching of scripture, which were worked out in the mission field of the Roman Empire. As such they have always commanded the allegiance of the vast majority of Christians, and they must still be the basis for any future reunion of the churchesModern Christians need to learn about their heritage and understand its importance, as well as its relevance to today's debate. This book is a contribution to that understanding, and it is written in the same spirit and with the same missionary purpose as that which guided the Fathers of the Church whose work forms the subject of its pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845505134
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Bray is a Research Professor at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an internationally respected theologian with a reputation for clear thinking and incisive logic.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Preface to Second Edition 12

1 Modern Theology and Christian Doctrine 13

2 The Canon of Scripture and Christian Doctrine 38

3 The Spread of the Gospel 65

4 The Rule of Faith 91

5 The City of God 118

6 God was in Christ 144

7 The Theological Synthesis 172

8 Envoi 195

Appendix A Modern translations of the creeds 204

Appendix B The major credal documents of the Early Church 212

For Further Reading 217

Index 221

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