Thursday, December 19, 2013

Credo I

The first article of the creed, be it the older Roman or "Apostles'" creed, or the later versions of the Nicene creed, says very little. And, by comparison with the second and third articles, it was left relatively unchanged. The identification of God as Father was presumed understood by all sides—it was only the equality of the Son and Spirit that were contested. But for that reason, because we misunderstood it, we have been able to put it to use saying things it does not say. For example: this article of the creed is not about a person of the Trinity. Assuming that it was, we have used it that way, but its words don't line up with that approach.

Let's have a fresh look at the trinitarian logic of the creed through its first article.