In the fourth century, intense deliberations over theological questions gave rise to the Nicene Creed. This formal statement of faith is the foundation for both Eastern and Western Christianity, and to this day, most Christians around the world would subscribe to it. In our age of secularism, skepticism, and disaffiliation, we should attend to the most basic issue first: What does it mean to believe in God?
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God, The Father Almighty
At five years old, Thomas Aquinas is said to have posed to his catechism teacher the question of all questions: “But master, what is God?” The Creed gives us a succinct but inexhaustible answer. The one God, unlike any other being in the cosmos, is fully actual and unconditioned.
Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son
“I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ.” With these words of the Creed, we come to the heart of the matter, for all of distinctively Christian faith begins and ends with a particular person: Yeshua from Nazareth, the only begotten Son of the God of Israel—“Light from Light, true God from
true God.” ...
He Suffered Death
What matters most about Jesus? The Creed centers not on his ministry, his teachings, his miracles, or his words, but on the great drama of the Paschal Mystery: the Son of God’s descent into godforsakenness; his suffering, his death, his Resurrection and Ascension. The risen and
ascended Christ, t...