This coming Tuesday in the wonderful world of the small group, we’ll be discussing creeds. The creeds, especially the Nicene, form the window through which most Christian writers have looked for most of Christian history. If we are to understand these writers, we are to understand the creeds.
As well, from my point of view, the creeds are an exquisite balance of doctrine, keeping in tension the various teachings of the Bible without overstressing any particular element against the others. Since they are simply summaries of the Scriptures and tradition, we should spend time looking at them and understanding them. A better understanding of true theology is a better understanding of God. A better understanding of God is a better understanding of ourselves.
The creeds to be examined shall be Nicene, Apostles’, and “Athanasian” (Quicumque vult).