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Evangelicals and Nicene Faith

Reclaiming the Apostolic Witness

series: Beeson Divinity Studies

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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. 

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

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  1. Timothy George

    Timothy George

    Timothy George (ThD, Harvard University) is founding dean and professor of divinity, history, and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Theology of the...

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"An important contribution to the contemporary conversation about the relationship between doctrine, and especially the doctrine of the ancient church, and ecclesial life. Each of the chapters demonstrates the relevance of orthodoxy and of the Nicene Creed for the church today, and the structure of the book helps the reader to see that relevance for many aspects of the contemporary church. . . . This reader highly recommends Evangelicals and Nicene Faith. It accomplishes its goal of demonstrating the relevance of the Nicene Creed for the contemporary church. Each chapter is well worth the read."

Matthew Emerson,

Southeastern Theological Review

"All sixteen contributors to this volume are excellent scholars who have crafted thoughtful articles from diverse perspectives within evangelicalism. . . . This volume affords a rich variety of perspectives on how the evangelical church can maintain fidelity to the ancient creeds of the church. This is recommended reading for every thoughtful Christian."

Steve Lemke,

Catholic Books Review

"The book is dedicated to the memory of Jaroslav Pelikan and concludes with a tribute to him. The volume will appeal to like-minded readers who appreciate Pelikan's historical insights, intellectual curiosity, and moral imagination, sparkling with a variety of genres coming from a diversity of specialties. . . . A stimulating conversation starter addressing patristic tradition and contemporary Evangelicalism."

Paul Hartog,

Trinity Journal

"A book that helps Bible-loving Evangelicals to rediscover the God-honoring and Christ-exalting doctrine of the great creeds."

Greg Goswell,

New Life

"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 4th century to the 21st century."

Byron Borger,