Christian History

confessions of a catholic: reclamation

At Easter Vigil 2015 I will enter full communion with the Catholic Church, which I hope will be a touchstone for greater depths in my spiritual journey toward God. In this series, I attempt to share ‘why’, not as defense or argument, but to point at something better for the mystical body of Christ. It is organized over five themes during Passion Week: merger, reclamation, hunger, visibility and unity.

A lone, strong tree alone in a field is my favorite scene. Passing one by, I will slow down and turn to meditate on it. Trees remind me of the church – strong, alone, ancient and with a great story to tell. Any good tree has a strong trunk and nourishing roots; I see the early church fathers – who are our heritage – as that strong trunk and roots. But, our Christian heritage has been denied us or censored by disunity.

As I listened to the early church, I came to see what we mean when we confess “I believe…in the communion of the saints…” for it is in communion with them that I came to see Christ more clearly. When I listened to the church fathers, I learned there was far more available to me as a believer than I ever knew. It was like a part of my soul had been found again.

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How Did We Get Our Creeds?

Around 308, Rufinius wrote an exposition of our most popular, the Apostles’ Creed,  and popularized a legend that each of the 12 (excluding Judas Iscariot) contributed a line. Fun legend it may be, but poor history; the real story is far cooler. I did some digging for a class on how we got our creeds (specifically the Apostles’ and Nicene), and found our Christian creeds are built upon:

Apostolic testimony

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