In light of some of the recent discussions that have been happening lately, both on the issues of Christology and the logos asarkos and my other recent posts on ecclesiology and ecumenism, I have been driven back, again and again to the Nicene Creed. Both of these discussions have led me to think afresh of what it might mean for us to think about theological issues in a pronounced and self-consciously creedal manner. To that end, I am offering another, albeit briefer series of posts on the theology of the Nicene Creed. What I am seeking is an exercise of “creative fidelity” in which, hopefully the pendulum will swing neither over-much toward uninhibited creativity nor towards a merely static fidelity. The goal is, so to speak, a ‘non-identical repetition’ which will faithfully articulate a theology (or at least some theological themes) which takes the regulative role of the creed with the utmost seriousness, and which simultaneously reveals the subversive and revolutionary power of Creedal Christianity.
I plan to post one essay on each of the major headings of the Creed: God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church, and finally a concluding statement on creedal Christianity.
§1. Credo in unum Deum: The Almighty Father
§2. Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum: The One Jesus
§3. Et in Spiritum Sanctum: The Giver of Life
§4. Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam: The Church of the Triune God
§5. Credo: Christianity as Confession