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Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed: Text, Vocabulary, and Notes

I’ve been beginning to try to learn how to make intermediate-level editions of Greek and Latin texts with vocabulary and syntactical notes (following the lead of others). As a first effort, I decided to choose something short, which is also “trending” at the moment in Reformed circles: the Council of Constantinople’s revision of the Nicene Creed. […]

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On the Attributes and Marks of the Church (2)

Introduction In the previous post we saw that “one,” “holy,” “catholic,” and “apostolic” are attributes of the church. The church as the Creed speaks of it has these characteristics already, and it has them because it is elected in Christ to be this kind of thing rather than another kind. This church is put before […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

The Insufficiency of “Creedal Hermeneutics”

A little over a year ago, I pointed out a summary of Thomas Buchan’s lecture on Nicaea at the Ancient Evangelical Future Conference. A reader has just written in to direct me to the audio of that conference which is available here. I’ve only listened to Dr. Buchan’s presentation, a response actually, and it is […]

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Thomas Buchan on Nicea

Peter Leithart has a summary of Thomas Buchan’s recent conference presentation on the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed. In it, Fr. Buchan makes many sound historical points which support our own reading of the early church and the Council of Nicea. Dr. Leithart summarizes: For starters, he pointed out that the Nicene Creed […]

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The Defeat of Orthodoxy? An Examination of the Rise of Homoean Theology and the Council of Constantinople in AD 360

My post entitled “The Myth of the Ecumenical Early Church” was actually taken from a paraphrase of a paper I wrote while in seminary in 2007. As a part of the assignment, my paper had to present a “problem” in church history and leave the resolution open-ended. This was not intended to question the resolution […]

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The Myth of the Ecumenical Early Church

One of the most enduring misconceptions of the pre-Nicene and Nicene church (what sometimes goes by the nomenclature “the early church”) is that it was more or less united, both doctrinally and politically. One can see this assumption at work in the use of the definitive article as well as the title of “ecumenical councils.” […]