Is church an important part of following Jesus? Why and how much?
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Semi-Arian, Pneumatomachian, Spirit fighters. These titles designate a heretical sect that emerged in the fourth-century whose followers denied the divinity of the Spirit...
It is only in and through the Church, the we of the believe, that the redeeming power of the Holy Spirit enters into the world.
From thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. The 7th post in our series on the Creed
The resurrection and ascension and what they might say about Christ’s and our bodies.
Is the Nicene Creed relevant to the modern Christian? Only if the cross is.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
Written in 325 CE, and amended in 381, the Nicene Creed has been the standard of orthodoxy since its origin. Outside of the Bible, it is the single most important text of the Christian faith. Unlike the Apostle’s Creed, which is a statement of an individual’s faith traditionally recited at their baptism, the Nicene Creed is a communal affirmation, and as such it is a proclamation of worship that unites the Church under one doctrine.
A few weeks ago, Barney wrote a post about Ricoeur and his mistaken pacifism. Barney’s article left me with questions that led me to do some research. This research, in turn, led me beyond the specific issue of Ricoeur’s change of heart to the broader question of the relationship between his philosophy and politics. I found two pertinent articles: David Kaplan’s “Paul Ricoeur and the Nazis,” a response to “Paul Ricoeur as Another” by Richard Wolin, in which Wolin questions the political implications of Ricoeur’s hermeneutics, and relationship between his philosophy and ethics. That Ricoeur changed his mind on a political issue in interesting; what is more interesting is the question of whether his passivity and (as Wolin sees it) pro-Vichy politics are the result of his philosophical views. Pacifism in the inter-war years in France, John Taylor explains, stemmed from the French view of war—that another was likely. Ricoeur’s pre-war pacifism arose from his doubt regarding the expansionism...