By G. R. Evans
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4 28 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith The Nicene Creed The Nicene Creed, which has provided a point of reference for most Christians ever since, was drafted for the Council of Nicaea in 325, in a period of active controversy, and amended by the Council of Constantinople in 381. Its main contents are really much older, and probably derive from the Baptismal Creed of ancient Christian Jerusalem, or something similar. In the late fifth century the custom seems to have begun of reciting it after the Gospel had been read in the Eucharist, or service of Holy Communion so, like the Apostles’ Creed, it was regularly used in worship and became extremely familiar as a touchstone or benchmark of right belief.
He encourages the Christian teacher to point The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 35 36 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith Plate 2 St Augustine teaching in Rome, fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1464–5. Sant’Agostino, San Gimignano/photo SCALA. 26). It is to be expected that those who have some knowledge of the arguments against the truth of the Christian faith and the reasons why others are Jews or pagans will present those arguments and reasons and ask to be satisfied. They are likely to enquire why, if there is only one God and he is omnipotent, he allows these other schools of thought to arise and to persist.
There are biblical passages disapproving of idolatry. 25–9). 10–14). Idolatry is forbidden in Exodus. 3–5). Yet idolatry has been a temptation for various reasons in the history of Christianity. 9). The decision to give up idolatry in the early Christian centuries was a decision to withdraw from the normal expectations of pagan society. It involved a commitment to a religion which was not willing to participate in the general syncretism which allowed pagans to equate Zeus with Jupiter and so on, without any sense of disloyalty to their gods.
A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans