In Defense of the Apostles’ Creed (Part 3)

   Of course, we all agree with John that the creeds are not equal to the Bible in authority.  Nevertheless, a bit of honest reflection will bring us to realize that every time we lay down a system of theology, we ourselves are putting forth a creed. The real question, then, is whether one man’s…

In Defense of the Apostles’ Creed (Part 2)

   In the present article, I’d like to continue clearing up some of the statements that John Riffe has made concerning the Apostles’ Creed.  It seems to be his intention to cast doubt on the creed in a number of ways: firstly, by placing in question its authorship; secondly, by noting a lack of urgency…

In Defense of the Apostles’ Creed (Part 1)

   This article is written in response to a recent conversation with John Riffe.  In discussing the issues of historicity, I told him that as it was impossible for two opposing parties to be right, I would have to agree with the party that has historical continuity of the faith, as it is not possible…

Methodius of Olympus- Jonah and the Resurrection

(from Fragments) The history of Jonah contains a great mystery. For it seems that the whale signifies Time, which never stands still, but is always going on, and consumes the things which are made by long and shorter intervals. But Jonah, who fled from the presence of God, is himself the first man who, having…

Methodius of Olympus- On the Resurrection

(from The Discourse on the Resurrection, c. 300 A.D.) Since flesh was made to border on incorruption and corruption, being itself neither the one nor the other, and was overcome by corruption for the sake of pleasure, though it was the work of property of incorruption; therefore it became corruptible, and was laid in the…

St. Gregory of Nyssa- Why the World Must End

(from On the Making of Man, 380 A.D.) But if someone, beholding the present course of the world, by which intervals of time are marked, going on in a certain order, should say that it is not possible that the predicted stoppage of these moving things should take place, such a man clearly also does…