Doctrine / John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom on believing the Scriptures

There comes a heathen and says, “I wish to become a Christian, but I know not whom to join: there is much fighting and faction among you, much confusion: which doctrine am I to choose?” How shall we answer him? “Each of you” (says he) “asserts, ‘I speak the truth.’” No doubt: this is in our favor. For if we told you to be persuaded by arguments, you might well be perplexed: but if we bid you believe the Scriptures, and these are simple and true, the decision is easy for you. If any agree with the Scriptures, he

Athanasius / Marcellus of Ancyra / Theology / etc.

The Doctrine of Marcellus of Ancyra: His Theology

We are continuing our series examining the Arian controversy from the eyes and pen of Marcellus of Ancyra. Note, I am not responding to his doctrine, or to that of the Arians, nor am I willing to back up either side with Scriptures, trying to let Marcellus speak for himself, as much as possible. I realize that not everyone like theology or Church history – (Imagine my surprise in school when I found out that 99% of my history classes hated history!) For some, this is boring, for others, it is a click through. For me, I am edified

Debate/Discussion / Theology / Trinity

The Mystery of Monotheism – Tom Roberts

This is an interesting magazine from an ‘Eastern’ point of view. I am posting this for discussion, perhaps, as we have a wide range of views concerning the Godhead which visit this blog. The first few centuries of doctrinal discussion centered around the Godhead – fighting attempts against Arians and Gnostics, as well as Trinitarians and Modalists. The great theologians made their mark not by evangelism, which was being done, but by lining the doctrines of the Church up. Recently, ancient heresy’s have returned – with Mormons bringing the Gnosticism back to life, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses resurrecting Arius


The First Principles – The Rule of Faith

Historically, the Church used a ‘rule of faith‘ that would indicate that those that were to baptism understood the basics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the doctrine of the Church. This ‘rule’ may have been mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians, And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  (Galatians 6:16 NKJV) But more than likely, it developed over time, and quickly at that, to ensure that those that would convert did so with an earnest and since understand