Evangelicals and Nicene Faith: Reclaiming the Apostolic Witness

Baker Academic, 2011
ISBN: 9780801039263


The Nicene Creed is the most universally accepted statement of Christian faith by Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox believers alike. In this volume, top scholars examine the Nicene Creed’s connection with the evangelical tradition, presenting evangelicalism as a renewal movement within the one holy catholic and apostolic church. Particular focus is given to the Creed’s practical outworking in the life of the church—its theology, spirituality, worship, and mission. Topics include pastoral work, biblical exegesis, the emerging phenomena, and Christian orthodoxy’s revival in the Global South. The book will be useful for students of theology, church history, and spirituality. It will also appeal to pastors, church leaders, scholars, and all who wish to present the traditional Christian faith to twenty-first-century people.

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Key Features

  • Addresses evangelicalism as a renewal movement within the holy catholic and apostolic church
  • Examines the Nicene Creed alongside the evangelical tradition
  • Discusses how the Creed’s truths can be lived out


  • Part 1: Identity
    • “The Faith Once Delivered: Nicea and Evangelical Confession,” by Thomas C. Oden
    • “The Gospel Promised by the Prophets: The Trinity and the Old Testament,” by Mark S. Gignilliat
    • “The Road to Nicea: The New Testamen,” by Frank Thielman
    • “Whosoever Will Be Saved: The Athanasian Creed and the Modern Church,” by Gerald R. Bray
  • Part 2: History
    • “The Reformers and the Nicene Faith: An Assumed Catholicity,” by Carl L. Beckwith
    • “The Nicene Faith and the Catholicity of the Church: Evangelical Retrieval and the Problem of Magisterium,” by Steven R. Harmon
    • “The Church Is Part of the Gospel: A Sermon on the Four Marks of the Church,” by Carl E. Braaten
    • “Confessional, Baptist, and Arminian: The General-Free Will Baptist Tradition and the Nicene Faith,” by J. Matthew Pinson
    • “Toward a Generous Orthodoxy,” by Curtis W. Freeman
  • Part 3: Practice
    • “Practicing the Nicene Faith,” by Elizabeth Newman
    • “The Nicene Faith and Evangelical Worship,” by David P. Nelson
    • “Taking In His Coming Down,” by Kathleen B. Nielson
    • “The Will to Believe and the Need for Creeds,” by John Rucyahana
    • “Can the Church Emerge without or with Only the Nicene Creed?,” by Mark DeVine
    • “Life after Life after Death: A Sermon on the Final Phrase of the Nicene Creed,” by Ralph C. Wood
    • “Delighted by Doctrine: A Tribute to Jaroslav Pelikan,” by Timothy George


Praise for the Print Edition

This should have wide appeal and could be a huge blessing if it were studied and discussed. Fastidious patristics will love it—it is about orthodoxy and the apostolic faith, and those who wish that evangelicals were more deeply rooted will find this useful, and liberal Protestants who are in need of perhaps insight from both will, also, find this really helpful. There is a bit of an emphasis, too, on just how the Creed’s truths can be lived out—even in worship and mission and pastoral work. . . . This work brings a large amount of insight about historic faith of the fourth century to the twenty-first century.

—Byron Borger, associate staff member, Coalition for Christian Outreach

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About Timothy George

Timothy George is the dean and professor of divinity, history, and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Theology of the Reformers, God the Holy Trinity, and Evangelical Future. He serves as executive editor for Christianity Today and is on the editorial advisory board of Books & Culture.


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