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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422

Abstract

VAN AARDE, Andries G.. Godhead and humankind: The New Testament in unison with creedal Christianity. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.4, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5521.

The aim of this article is to argue that the sharing of 'being' between Jesus and the Godhead, professed in creedal Christianity and based on the Nicaean creed, pertains to a 'sameness in divine substance'. This substance refers to divine wisdom, justice and mercy. The article attempts to demonstrate that there exists a congruence between textual evidence in the New Testament and these 'orthodox' belief tenets, especially represented in the Athanasian creed. This is explained in terms of an analysis of the origins and development of creedal formulae. This process represents a movement from a fundamental religious experience to a 'use' of metaphorical language, to the origins of confessional formulae that lead to the formulation of dogma. In light of the insight into the 'building blocks' of the formation of confessional formulae, the article concludes with a 'deconstruction' of the concepts 'anathematisation' and 'heresy'.

Keywords : creedal Christianity; Jesus tradition; Jesus; Paul; Nicea; Athanasisus; anathema; heresy.

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