Advent & Apocalyptic Literature

I am writing this on Advent Sunday. The Gospel reading for this morning Mark 13:24-37. It comes from the eschatological discourse in Mark, foreshadowing the destruction of the Temple. In terms of writing in Mark’s Gospel it stands a little apart and the style in this passage is Apocalyptic and not found in Mark beyond…

Filioque (u3a)

Filioque Presentation The PDF here are the notes used for the presentation of a 3 week tutorial on the Filioque Clause, history, politics, and some theology. As the course progressed it seemed clear that there was some need to look at some of the theology more clearly, including a consideration of how authority operates within the…

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he…

The Edict of Milan

The Edict of Milan did not make Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire. Constantine, having seen a vision of the Chi Rho in the sky and been successful in battle, did not immediately abandon the old Gods of Rome. Constantine was born in February 272 AD, the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius who was…

Restore The Nicene Creed

Restore the Nicene Creed The Document attached here explores the history of how the Filioque Clause came to have a place within the Nicene Creed, and an assessment of whether it belongs there or not. It looks at the matter within the context of Scripture, Tradition and Reason. It also discusses the place within the liturgy…