We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ

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The Ancient Christian Doctrine series is a unique five-volume set expounding the doctrine of the Nicene Creed and offering contemporary readers the opportunity to study for themselves key writings of the early church. Following each phrase of the Creed, the volumes present selections from the works of the early church which best illuminate its meaning as early Christians understood it. These perceptive comments allow the living voices of the church in its formative years to ...

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Overview

The Ancient Christian Doctrine series is a unique five-volume set expounding the doctrine of the Nicene Creed and offering contemporary readers the opportunity to study for themselves key writings of the early church. Following each phrase of the Creed, the volumes present selections from the works of the early church which best illuminate its meaning as early Christians understood it. These perceptive comments allow the living voices of the church in its formative years to speak as they witness to their understanding of the triune God.

This question that Jesus asked of his disciples became equally central to the fledgling church. How would it respond to the Gnostics who answered by saying Jesus was less than fully human? How would it respond to the Arians who contended he was less than fully God? It was these challenges that ultimately provoked the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.

In this volume covering the first half of the article in the Nicene Creed on God the Son, John Anthony McGuckin shows how it countered these two errant poles by equally stressing Jesus' authentic humanity and full divinity.

Contrary to modern notions of ancient grassroots inclusivists being suppressed by establishment elites, McGuckin notes that the church who denounced these errors did so in the name of a greater inclusivity based on common sense and common education. Establishing the creeds was not a reactionary movement of censorship but rather one concerned with the deepest aspects of quality control.

Ultimately, what was and is at stake is not fussy dogmatism but the central gospel message of God's stooping "down in mercy to enter the life of his creatures and share their sorrows with them.He has lifted up the weak and the broken to himself, and he healed their pain by abolishing their alienation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830825325
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/2009
  • Series: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series , #2
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 1,406,885
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Anthony McGuckin, formerly reader in patristic and Byzantine theology at the University of Leeds in England, is currently Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary and professor of Byzantine Christian studies at Columbia University in New York City.

A Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historial Society, he has written over twenty works of historical theology, including St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy, St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellecutual Biography and The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology.

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Table of Contents

A Guide to Using the Commentaries in the Ancient Christian Doctrine Series ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction xiii

We Believe in One Lord 1

Jesus Christ 10

The Only Son of God 23

Eternally Begotten of the Father 29

God from God 42

Light from Light 48

True God from True God 53

Begotten Not Made 60

Of One Being with the Father 68

Through Him All Things Were Made 74

For Us 79

And for Our Salvation 86

He Came Down 96

From Heaven 107

By the Power of the Holy Spirit 114

He Became Incarnate 121

From the Virgin Mary 126

And Was Made Man 136

Conclusion 179

Outline of Contents 182

List of Ancient Authors and Texts Cited 185

Author/Writings Index 188

Scripture Index 189

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