We Believe in One God, Edited by Gerald L. Bray
We Believe in One God
  • Length: 159 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 × 10 in
  • Published: May 18, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2531
  • ISBN: 9780830825318

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"We believe in one God, the Father." The opening clause of the Nicene Creed can be summed up in a single word—monotheism. In the early centuries of the church, this striking doctrine stood starkly against a cultural background of multiple deities and spiritual powers. While it clearly builds on its Jewish heritage, calling God "Father" anticipates the Father-Son relationship in the Godhead that early Christians knew and robustly upheld.

The first article of the Nicene Creed also presupposes that there is an objective body of teaching that Christians are expected to confess as their faith. This idea seems normal and natural to us, but it was a novelty in the ancient world. Neither Judaism nor any pagan religion or philosophy could claim to have a closely defined set of beliefs that everyone adhering to it was expected to profess publicly and defend against all comers.

While this article on God the Father is the shortest and arguably oldest portion of the Creed, it fully sets forth the fundamental understanding of God as creator and originator of all that is. This commentary in its selection of texts from the early church highlights the common understanding of the One God in three Persons, elucidating the church's understanding of divine attributes and trinitarian relations.

The five-volume Ancient Christian Doctrine series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed, translating source material from the church fathers into English for unparalleled insight into early church history.

"A 'standard doctrinal benchmark' for modern Christians, both laity and clergy, of all Christian traditions. Recommended."

J.P. Blosser, Choice, November 2009


General Introduction
A Guide to Using the Commentaries in the Ancient Christian Doctrine Series
Introduction: The First Article of the Creed
We Believe
In One god
The Father
The Almighty
Of Heaven and Earth
Of All That Is, Seen
And Unseen

Outline of Contents
List of Ancent Authors and Texts Cited
Author/Writings Index
Scripture Index


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Gerald L. Bray

Gerald L. Bray (PhD, La Sorbonne) is a professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and director of research for the Latimer Trust. He has written and edited a number of books on different theological subjects, including Galatians, Ephesians in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, Biblical Interpretation: Past & Present, The Doctrine of God, and Romans in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series. A priest of the Church of England, Bray has also edited the post-Reformation Anglican canons.