We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord, Edited by Mark J. Edwards
We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord
  • Length: 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 × 10 in
  • Published: July 13, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2533
  • ISBN: 9780830825332

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The resurrection changed everything. "But for the resurrection," writes Mark J. Edwards, "there would have been no reason to argue for a union of two natures in the person of Christ, let alone for a dyad or triad in the Godhead. All that he had said and done in the course of his earthly ministry would have sat well enough with the character of a prophet who excelled such predecessors as Isaiah and John the Baptist only in power and closeness to God."

That is the story that unfolds as Edwards gathers together the most salient comments from the early church on the latter half of the second article of the Nicene Creed on God the Son as the crucified and risen Lord. The deliberations of ancient Christian writers on these matters are regarded now as the nucleus of Christology. The work of Christ is customarily considered, in Western Christendom at least, as the principal object of his coming. That Christ died for our sins was an axiom of all apostolic preaching.

In this Ancient Christian Doctrine volume we see that the doctrines of the Trinity and the incarnation were not the second thoughts of Christendom after its encounter with Greek philosophy. Rather they were forced on the church by its refusal to adopt the polytheism of the Greeks as a means of reconciling the sovereignty of God with the exaltation of Christ as Lord.

It is ultimately in the work of Christ that the essentials of his Person are revealed. The church's early teachers ultimately combine to denounce the critical maneuvers that would persuade us that the Scriptures do not mean what they plainly say. Here, as throughout the Creed, we see how the early church rooted all its claims in Scripture.

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.


For Our Sake
He Was Crucified
Under Pontius Pilate
He Suffered Death
And Was Buried
On the Third Day He Rose Again
In Accordance with the Scriptures
He Ascended into Heaven
And Is Seated at the Right Hand of the Father
He Will Come Again in Glory to Judge the Living and the Dead
And His Kingdom Will Have No End
Outline of Contents
List of Ancient Authors and Texts Cited
Author/Writings Index
Scripture Index


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Mark J. Edwards

Mark J. Edwards is tutor in theology at Christ Church and university lecturer in patristics at the University of Oxford. Among his publications are Neoplatonic Saints, Origen Against Plato, John Through the Centuries, Constantine and Christendom, and Culture and Philosophy in the Age of Plotinus. He also served as the volume editor for Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, New Testament volume 8 of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.