By G. R. Evans

This obtainable publication bargains simply one of these map. It presents a concise consultant to the conflicted historical past of Christian suggestion on such subject matters because the nature of God, loose will, evil, demise, the afterlife, and heaven. all through, Evans makes transparent the continuing relevance of those debates to trendy believers. The publication will entice Christian clergy and laity and also will make an excellent textual content for classes in Christian doctrine and apologetics.

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Are the words I use capable of conveying the idea of God accurately and fully or are they mere hints? If they cannot do the job properly how do I know what I know about God and whether it is ‘right’? For the ‘definition’ of words about God is still recognized to pose special difficulties. God cannot be produced in the same way as an elephant can, to settle a point in dispute about what he is like. All talk of God is approximate, hypothetical and challenging to anyone who wants to look behind what it appears to mean.

And I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Despite its careful articulation of a position on themes of current or previous controversy, the Nicene Creed was not really comprehensive. It did not touch on a number of matters which were going to become controversial later. There is nothing in it about ‘justification by faith’, for example. So the Nicene Creed did not prove to be an ‘always adequate’ statement, however well it has lasted in the form it took. When someone was baptized the declaration of faith was central and there had been a need from an early stage for a plain statement which could be used to affirm belief.

Are the words I use capable of conveying the idea of God accurately and fully or are they mere hints? If they cannot do the job properly how do I know what I know about God and whether it is ‘right’? For the ‘definition’ of words about God is still recognized to pose special difficulties. God cannot be produced in the same way as an elephant can, to settle a point in dispute about what he is like. All talk of God is approximate, hypothetical and challenging to anyone who wants to look behind what it appears to mean.

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