"Back before the creation of the earth, Satan used to be a beautiful cherub named Lucifer. But after he rebelled against God, he was cast out of Heaven and his name was changed to Satan..." If you were like me, you may have grown up hearing a similar narrative and accepted it at face value. … Continue reading Lucifer Is Not Satan’s Original Name
Tag: Historical Theology
Early Summations of Christian Belief
It is sometimes assumed at the popular level that much of the form of Christian theology and belief derives from the time of Constantine and was perhaps even foisted upon the church by Constantine himself. (People, for whatever reason, like to credit Constantine with anything from the deity of Christ to the content of the … Continue reading Early Summations of Christian Belief
Why Study Church History?
Why study church history? What reason would we have for doing so? In my own studies of church history, I have grown to love the subject and see immense value in it. Evangelicals (as broad as that term is) for the most part seem to have abandoned church history as the provenance of the Roman … Continue reading Why Study Church History?
Early Christian Witnesses to the Deity of Christ
It is sometimes suggested that the deity of Christ was a doctrine that was thrust upon the Church by Constantine at the Council of Nicaea in 325, but is this really the case? Is this doctrine of the deity of Christ that the church universal holds so dear a much later invention? While it is … Continue reading Early Christian Witnesses to the Deity of Christ