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Why theology matters

Why does training people for urban ministry matter?

Why bother joining our #TrainBC programme and studying for Union’s GDip?

Why get involved in talking about theology? 571 more words


Nicaea I: The Origin and Substance of Jesus

Why We Profess “Begotten Not Made.”

In A.D. 325 the first council of Nicaea addressed the Arian Controversy. It is from this council where Christianity gets the Nicaean Creed. 687 more words

Church Fathers

Christian Creeds

As the church grew in the early years after Jesus walked on the earth, it began to organize itself.  To help its members remain focused on Jesus, the church insisted that its ideas about God had to be consistent with the teachings of Jesus, as recorded in the writings of those who had walked with Jesus. 229 more words


On "The Great Apostasy"

What does Mormons, Jehovah-Witnesses, Adventists, Protestants, and even Islam have in common? They believe in a great apostasy, when the Catholic Church was created and went to killed the real “Christians…” They think that the original faith of Jesus and his disciples was eradicated by Catholics. 2,659 more words

Catholic History

Nicene Metaphysics: Apprehending the Transcendence

It’s not clear in my own mind precisely when I began to make the connection between creatio ex nihilo and the metaphysical revolution initiated by the first two ecumenical councils and the theologians we now identify as the Pro-Nicene Fathers (St Athanasius the Apostolic, St Hilary of Poitiers, St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian, St Gregory of Nyssa); but I’m confident it goes back to the late 70s and early 80s when I immersed myself in the Trinitarian theology of… 3,346 more words


A heretical Catholic priest named Arius: the father of Islam

June 29, 2017                                                                                                                               The Solemnity of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul

During the early eighth century Saint John of Damascus gave us the first extensive description of what the world would come to know as Islam, though he himself uses that word.   4,231 more words


The birth of Islam

June 28, 2017                                                                                                                               The Memorial of Saint Irenaeus

Over the past six months or so I have been reading the work of several scholars and writers who are reexamining the events of the middle part of the first millennium in the Middle East that gave birth to the thing we know as Islam.   1,524 more words