This clear and concise text helps readers grasp the doctrines of the Christian faith considered basic from the earliest days of Christianity. Ronald Heine, an internationally known expert on early Christian theology, developed this book from a course he teaches that has been refined through many years of classroom experience. Heine primarily uses the classical Christian doctrines of the Nicene Creed to guide students into the essentials of the faith.
This broadly ecumenical work will interest students of church history or theology as well as adult Christian education classes in church settings. Sidebars identify major personalities and concepts, and each chapter concludes with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.
1. What Is Classical Christian Doctrine?
2. Christian Scripture: The Source of Classical Christian Doctrine
3. "The Lord Our God Is One": The Jewish God and the Christian Faith
4. "And the Word Was God": The Christian Faith and the Greek Philosophers
5. "He Who Has Seen Me Has Seen the Father": The Monarchian Approach to God
6. "Today I Have Begotten You": Origen and the Eternal Generation of the Son
7. "One God the Father" and "One Lord Jesus Christ": Arius and the Council of Nicaea
8. Truly God and Truly Man: Defining the Nature of Jesus
9. "And in the Holy Spirit": The Struggle to Understand the Spirit
10. God the Father: "Maker of Heaven and Earth"
11. Binding the Strong Man: The Redemptive Work of Christ
12. "I Will Build My Church": Defining the Church
13. "The Washing of Regeneration": "One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins"
14. The Christian Eschatological Hope: The Resurrection of the Dead
15. "And They Came to Life and Reigned with Christ a Thousand Years": The Millennium