Article 3: Descended into Hell

Article 3: As Christ died for us, and was buried, so also is it to be believed, that he went down into Hell. During a Sunday School class on the 39 Articles, the seminarian teaching the class said that he was surprised when he first learned that some Christian ministers emphatically state that Christ didContinue reading “Article 3: Descended into Hell”

Article 2: The Son of God

From the earliest beginnings of the church, Christian writers have recognized a close connection between Christology and soteriology. Building on St. Cyril of Alexandria’s understanding of two prosopon in one hypostatic union, Maximus the Confessor argues that for mankind to be saved from their sins, humanity and deity must reside in the incarnate God. ThisContinue reading “Article 2: The Son of God”

Article 1: The Trinity

Friday, I started a new series on the 39 Articles of Religion. It’s a concise set of articles stating the official beliefs of the Anglican church. I introduced the first part of the first article, which you can read here. Today, I will explain the last half: “And in unity of this Godhead there beContinue reading “Article 1: The Trinity”

Articles of Religion: Article 1, Part 1

Barron Von Strauss, who runs a theological FaceBook group that I admin, challenged any of the senior admins to write explanations of the Anglican 39 Articles of Religion. Being one of the least qualified to undertake the challenge and with the blessing of the primary Anglican minister in the group, I will write a briefContinue reading “Articles of Religion: Article 1, Part 1”

Importance of Liturgy

Shema yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad. Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’alom vaed. This declaration from Deuteronomy 6 has been imprinted on my mind for 20 years. Every Saturday at synagogue we recited the Shema in both Hebrew and in English. Because 17 years has passed (20 minus the 3 years I spent in the MessianicContinue reading “Importance of Liturgy”