Is the earliest hymn an apologetic excuse?

We know the familiar hymn found embedded in Paul’s Dio Chrysostom-like-letter to the Philippians, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,┬ábut emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.┬áBeing found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2.6-8 NASB) Scholars often point to this as an early Christian hymn. Note, I do not intend for this to be that sort of scholarly post

Philippians / Rhetoric

Dio Chrysostom, Paul, Letter 44, and Philippians – Friendship

The cognitive environment for Paul was shared with Dio Chrysostom, in that as Vanderspoel points out, where the Greek language went, so did the Greek culture which included rhetoric and philosophy (124). Paul identified with the Greek heritage, and as other Scripture points out, the Greek people and language played a part in the early Church. If we take Paul, roughly, as a philosopher, or at the very least, a sophist, we may even begin to draw a closer comparison between Paul and Dio Chrysostom, especially in their role as one returning from exile to meet friends who have

Athanasius / Atonement / Debate/Discussion / etc.

On the Incarnation of Christ our Lord

The key tenant to the Christian faith is indeed the Incarnation, as in the Incarnation is bound the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote to the church at Philipi, he wrote something, or rehearsed something into print, that has stuck with the Church, and in the hearts and minds of the Saints, for the last two thousand years. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NKJV) It is too simply said that for the child to have been born already