We Believe in One God: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]
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We Believe in One God: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]

Edited By: Gerald L. Bray
IVP Academic / 2009 / Hardcover

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This book, along with the other 4 volumes in the Ancient Christian Doctrine traces the Nicene Creed. In this volume, we follow the first confession, "We believe in One God the Father Almighty Maker of Heaven and Earth of all that is, seen and unseen". It provides the significant contributions of theologians of the early church on this topic an illuminates the myriad and yet, unified ways, that Christians have understood the doctrine of God.

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Title: We Believe in One God: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]
By: Gerald L. Bray, ed.
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces
ISBN: 0830825312
ISBN-13: 9780830825318
Series: Ancient Christian Doctrine
Stock No: WW82531X

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"We believe in one God, the Father." The opening clause of the Nicene Creed can be summed up in a single word— monotheism. In the early centuries of the church, this striking doctrine stood starkly against a cultural background of multiple deities and spiritual powers. While it clearly builds on its Jewish heritage, calling God "Father" anticipates the Father-Son relationship in the Godhead that early Christians knew and robustly upheld.

The first article of the Nicene Creed also presupposes that there is an objective body of teaching that Christians are expected to confess as their faith. This idea seems normal and natural to us, but it was a novelty in the ancient world. Neither Judaism nor any pagan religion or philosophy could claim to have a closely defined set of beliefs that everyone adhering to it was expected to profess publicly and defend against all comers.

While this article on God the Father is the shortest and arguably oldest portion of the Creed, it fully sets forth the fundamental understanding of God as creator and originator of all that is. This commentary in its selection of texts from the early church highlights the common understanding of the One God in three Persons, elucidating the church's understanding of divine attributes and trinitarian relations.

The five-volume Ancient Christian Doctrine series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed, translating source material from the church fathers into English for unparalleled insight into early church history.

Author Bio

(Ph.D., University of Paris--Sorbonne) is director of research for the Latimer Trust, based in London, and a research professor at Samford University, teaching in the Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of and He is the editor for Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture volumes on Romans, 1-2 Corinthians and James--Jude. A priest of the Church of England, Bray has also edited the post-Reformation Anglican canons and serves as a coeditor of Ancient Christian Texts. formerly the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, is the general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. The author of numerous books, including a highly regarded three-volume systematic theology, he also serves as a general editor for Ancient Christian Texts and as director of the Center for Early African Christianity.

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"A 'standard doctrinal benchmark' for modern Christians, both laity and clergy, of all Christian traditions. Recommended."

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