31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Rule of Faith

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Gentle Reader,

Rule of Faith: The set of standards that define a religion. Protestants hold to Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”). Catholics and Orthodox use Scripture and Tradition (there are differences in understanding and application of that tradition).

Related Concepts and/or Examples

Tertullian on the Rule of Faith – origin of the phrase

How Important is Sola Scriptura? – from the Arminian perspective

John Wesley on the Bible – how the founder of Methodism understood the Rule of Faith

Irenaus on the Rule of Faith – precursor to Tertullian

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31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Gnosticism

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Gentle Reader,

Gnosticism: A second-century movement with pre-Christian, Hellenistic roots. Emphasizes personal experience over doctrine. Dualistic in nature; matter (what can be experienced through the five senses) is lesser or evil, while the spiritual realm is good. Thus, adherents pursue either asceticism or libertinism, as this world and humanity’s actions within it simply do not matter. The Apostle John was definitely not a fan (see the gospel and the first letter bearing his name).

Related Concepts and/or Examples

A Brief Summary – straight from the horse’s mouth

Gnostic Dualism – again from an adherent

Hellenism – explores and explains this time period

The “Gospel” of Philip – an example of Gnostic literature

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31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Eternal Subordination of the Son

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Gentle Reader,

Eternal Subordination of the Son: Teaching that states that while the Son is in essence equal with the Father, in role and relationship He is subordinate. Proponents generally site certain statements of Jesus during the Incarnation as evidence. Often used to bolster the complementarian position. Classified by some as a sub-Arian heresy.

* Note: Thus far I have shared without personal comment. If you read my statement of beliefs, you know where I land on these things. I cannot, however, in good conscience allow this one to stand on its own. While I do not believe that those who hold to ESS are automatically not Christian, I do believe that this is in fact at least a heterodox and more likely a heretical position.

Related Concepts and/or Examples

The Debate so Far – Alastair Roberts provides some context

The Semi-Arianism of ESS Arguments – some specific issues

What Denny Burke Could Do – thoughts from Aimee Byrd

The Trinity and the Eternal Subordination of the Son – an article from the Priscilla Papers, a publication of the group Christians for Biblical Equality

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31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Economic Trinity

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Gentle Reader,

Economic Trinity: What God does. Relationships and roles.

Related Concepts and/or Examples

Attributes of God – a place to begin

What Does the Bible Teach About the Trinity? – attempting to unravel a mystery

Trinitarian Blessings – from the Church of England

John Wesley and the Trinity – explores the thoughts and teachings from the founder of Methodism

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