Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith

Baker Academic, 2013
ISBN: 9780801048739
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Overview

This clear and concise text helps readers grasp the basic doctrines of the Christian faith from the earliest days of Christianity. Ronald Heine, an internationally known expert on early Christian theology, developed this book after many years of teaching Christian doctrine. Heine primarily uses the classical Christian doctrines of the Nicene Creed to guide students into the essentials of the faith. Sidebars identify major personalities and concepts, and each chapter concludes with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.

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Key Features

  • Explains the basic doctrine of the Christian faith from the earliest days of Christianity
  • Guides students to the essentials of the faith using the classical Christian doctrines of the Nicene Creed
  • Includes discussion questions and further reading suggestions for each chapter

Contents

  • What Is Classical Christian Doctrine?
  • Christian Scripture: The Source of Classical Christian Doctrine
  • “The Lord Our God Is One”: The Jewish God and the Christian Faith
  • “And the Word Was God”: The Christian Faith and the Greek Philosophers
  • “He Who Has Seen Me Has Seen the Father”: The Monarchain Approach to God
  • “Today I Have Begotten You”: Origen and the Eternal Generation of the Son
  • “One God the Father” and “One Lord Jesus Christ”: Arius and the Council of Nicaea
  • Truly God and Truly Man: Defining the Nature of Jesus
  • “And in the Holy Spirit”: The Struggle to Understand
  • Binding the Strong Man: The Redemptive Work of Christ
  • “I Will Build My Church”: Defining the Church
  • “The Washing of Regeneration”: “One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins”
  • The Christian Eschatological Hope: The Resurrection of the Dead
  • “And They Came to Life and Reigned with Christ a Thousand Years”: The Millennium

Praise for the Print Edition

If you are searching for a solid and solidifying introduction to the doctrines of early Christianity, this is it. Ronald Heine helps those of us who feel unsettled within our transitory age to find some steadiness of faith within the classical and foundational. This is a book for those who think beginnings might be important to beliefs, who think antiquity might enrich the contemporary, and who, because they don’t like to free-fall, appreciate the groundwork.

—D. Jeffrey Bingham, associate dean of biblical and theological studies, Wheaton College

One couldn’t ask for a clearer or more succinct account of the process whereby classical Christian doctrines were articulated. Shaped by the clauses of the Nicene Creed, it brilliantly sketches out how the early Church Fathers debated and appropriated scriptural themes. This sharp focus and the judicious selection of key elements in what can seem a dauntingly complex story make this an excellent initial text. Also of value are telling quotations from original sources in clear English translation and good questions to make beginning students think hard about doctrinal questions.

—Frances Young, emeritus professor of theology, University of Birmingham

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About Ronald E. Heine

Ronald E. Heine is professor of Bible and Christian ministry at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. He is the author of Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church and several books on Origen.

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