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Baptists*, in particular, are fond saying "We have no creed but the Bible." As this wonderful video shows, that is a creed, but it gets to the heart of your question - why do Baptists view creeds negatively? [Really - go watch the video. It does a better job than I will of explaining the reasoning, and debunking it!] There is one scriptural reason and ...


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Answering If the Christian Revelation and the revelation of Islam are both from God, then there is a problem. (see below) "[I]t is proper to the devil to mix falsehood with truth[.]" - in Catena Aurea | St. John Chrysostom Compare the Islamic and [the beginning of] the Christian creeds: The Shahada [The Islamic creed]: ...


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Let's start with the end of this sentence—the list of heresies. These can actually be classified under one or another of the descriptions you've highlighted. A greater or a less Arianism used the text of John 14:28, "The Father is greater than I", to argue that the Son of God was not truly God, but a lesser being who was begotten after God the ...


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I generally write from a reformed perspective, but I don't think there's anything in this post that other Christians (Oriental Orthodox and Church of the East aside) would disagree with. The doctrine was first formulated clearly by the Council of Chalcedon: One and the same Son, the Self-same Perfect in Godhead, the Self-same Perfect in Manhood; truly ...


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The short answer is, they don't. They teach Sunday School. If you ask a Baptist, they'll probably tell you, we don't have a catechism. (Technically, they're wrong, but in practice, most haven't heard of it.) Furthermore, if asked to decribe what a catechism is, they will focus on the fact that it is a "rehearsed" set of formulaic questions and answers - ...


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As David points out, the Qur'an itself doesn't testify that Muhammad received his revelation from Gabriel. In fact, when Muhammad first received his 'revelation', he believed he was possessed, and attempted to hurl himself off a cliff (Ibn Ishaq, p. 106). It wasn't until talking with his wife Khadija that she gave him the idea he wasn't possessed but was a ...


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Baptist is is a broad label which encompasses many divergent groups, so providing anything more than generalizations is difficult. This is complicated by the fact that one of the distinctives of Baptist doctrine is the independence of the local church. As such, these kinds of things are generally up to the discretion of each local congregation. Despite ...


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Since this question has gone unanswered for some time, I will take a stab at it. Levels of Magisterial Teaching is not the same thing as a hierarchy of truths. Levels of Magisterial Teaching refers to the level of authority of the person or group giving the teaching and the circumstances under which it is given. So, for instance, the pope issuing a solemn ...


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First, note that the 39 Articles are a creation of the English reformation of the Sixteenth century, having been put into their present form in 1563, and while they have the force of Law in the Church of England, they have a lesser authority in other political jurisdictions, and have been controversial since the beginning. There have been articles to which ...


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One possible angle is to look at the Latin text, since there is no official adopted Greek text. The article reads: Sed Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas: æqualis gloria, coæterna majestas. Though the colon might throw us off, we ought to remember that it did not exist as punctuation in the original, so we might feasibly ...


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These concepts are harmonized simply by the acknowledgement that they are, as you said, anthropomorphisms. What's left to harmonize?


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Aside from the underlying reasons the Protestant Reformers gave for calling the Pope the Antichrist, there is a more basic reason that the London Baptist Confession in particular says what it says. That reason is that the LBC from 1689 is more or less a Baptist revision of the earlier Savoy Declaration (1658), which was itself taken from the earlier ...



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