13 episodes

Who wrote the Nicene Creed? Why did the estimated 300 bishops present at the Council of Nicaea use terms such as “Light of Light... consubstantial... proceeding...” and more to describe God? Is the creed even intelligible to us today in the same sense its early proponents understood it? Does the Nicene Creed have anything constructive to contribute to our context today, to those disillusioned with traditional forms of religion, or those merely interested in spirituality?

In Passages: Nicaea, Joshua Heavin and Caleb Wait give an overview of the Council of Nicaea while grappling with its caricatures and criticisms.

Passages: Nicaea Caleb Wait

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 50 Ratings

Who wrote the Nicene Creed? Why did the estimated 300 bishops present at the Council of Nicaea use terms such as “Light of Light... consubstantial... proceeding...” and more to describe God? Is the creed even intelligible to us today in the same sense its early proponents understood it? Does the Nicene Creed have anything constructive to contribute to our context today, to those disillusioned with traditional forms of religion, or those merely interested in spirituality?

In Passages: Nicaea, Joshua Heavin and Caleb Wait give an overview of the Council of Nicaea while grappling with its caricatures and criticisms.

    Introduction - What Do You Believe?

    Introduction - What Do You Believe?

    Of everything that can or should be said as a statement of Christian belief, why has the church confessed the Nicene Creed for seventeen centuries? Where did this creed come from? What figures or texts in its backstory might provide further context for, or develop the implications of, these articles of faith – some of which are less intuitive than others? Is the theology of this creed even intelligible to us today, who inhabit very different plausibility structures of the modern, secularizing West?
    Differently, is this creed merely the product of ancient imperial politics, implicated in failures of Christian exploitation and oppression in ages past and present? How might we, in a culture of expressive individualism, tie our deepest convictions about God, self, others, and the world to a symbol of faith given to us, which we entrust to others, participating in something ever ancient and ever new, something that precedes us and will long outlast our fleeting and desperate lives?
    In 'Passages,' Joshua Heavin and Caleb Wait look at the theological contents of the documents that lead to the Nicene Creed, the personal stories behind them, and how these texts and passages also became the passageways of history, propelling not only the Christian church but all of society down new corridors, new periods, and new eras.
     

    • 8 min
    Chapter 1 - The Controversy of the Nicene Creed

    Chapter 1 - The Controversy of the Nicene Creed

    Where does the Nicene Creed come from? What figures or texts in its backstory might provide further context for, or develop the implications of, these articles of faith – some of which are less intuitive than others? Is the theology of this creed even intelligible to us today, who inhabit very different plausibility structures of the modern, secularizing West?
    Joshua and Caleb discuss these questions and more as they explore the backstory to the Council of Nicaea.
    'Passages' is a project from Mere Orthodoxy. 'Passages' is written and produced by Joshua Heavin and Caleb Wait, with original music from Aaron Feeney.

    • 28 min
    Chapter 2 - "One God" or Three? The Biblical Texts Behind Nicaea

    Chapter 2 - "One God" or Three? The Biblical Texts Behind Nicaea

    In the second installment of 'Passages,' Joshua and Caleb look into the Nicene Creed's testimony to "one God." They explore early Christian theological interpretation of the Bible, more & less helpful ways to approach the complicated early histories of Judaism and Christianity, & much more.
    To support those who made Passages, please consider donating to Mere Orthodoxy.
    Joshua Heavin serves as the lead writer and host of Passages, while Caleb Wait serves as the lead producer and co-host. Original music by Aaron Feeney, who welcomes inquires.
    Follow Passages and Joshua and Caleb on Twitter for more news and updates about the show.

    • 43 min
    Chapter 3 - "The Maker of Heaven and Earth": Marcion, Gnosticism, and Tertullian

    Chapter 3 - "The Maker of Heaven and Earth": Marcion, Gnosticism, and Tertullian

    In this episode of 'Passages,' Joshua and Caleb are joined by Dr. Michael Horton and Dr. Fred Sanders to discuss some of the backstories behind the article in the Nicene Creed that we says the One God is the "maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible." Listen in to hear commentary on Gnosticism, Marcionism, and Tertullian.
    To support those who made Passages, please consider donating to Mere Orthodoxy.
    Joshua Heavin serves as the lead writer and host of Passages, while Caleb Wait serves as the lead producer and co-host. Original music by Aaron Feeney, who welcomes inquires.
    Follow Passages and Joshua and Caleb on Twitter for more news and updates about the show.

    Disclaimer: the first musical track in this episode is not original to the 'Passages' production crew.

    • 53 min
    Chapter 4 - "Eternally Begotten": Athanasius and Arius at Nicaea

    Chapter 4 - "Eternally Begotten": Athanasius and Arius at Nicaea

    In this episode, Joshua and Caleb begin to explore the second portion of the Nicene Creed on the Son. The hosts give an introduction to the Council of Nicaea, the reason Constantine convened the council in the first place, as well as the life and work of Athanasius.
    To support those who made Passages, please consider donating to Mere Orthodoxy.
    Joshua Heavin serves as the lead writer and host of Passages, while Caleb Wait serves as the lead producer and co-host. Original music by Aaron Feeney, who welcomes inquires.
    Follow Passages and Joshua and Caleb on Twitter for more news and updates about the show.
    Disclaimer: the musical tracks beginning at the timestamps 7:44 and 26:00 are not original to the 'Passages' production crew.

    • 40 min
    Chapter 5 - "Homoousios”: Did Constantine Hellenize Christianity?

    Chapter 5 - "Homoousios”: Did Constantine Hellenize Christianity?

    What happened at the Council of Nicaea? Did Certain Bishops use imperial power to impose a Greek version of Christianity that, today, we call orthodoxy? Did Constantine impose the term homoousios in the Nicene Creed as a way to infuse paganism and Christianity? Can Christians use and apply non-biblical terms and categories without distorting the faith? In this episode, Joshua and Caleb investigate how these questions can be answered and more as they look at the controversy between the pro-Nicene Bishops and their opponents: the Arians.
    To support those who made Passages, please consider donating to Mere Orthodoxy.
    Joshua Heavin serves as the lead writer and host of Passages, while Caleb Wait serves as the lead producer and co-host. Original music by Aaron Feeney, who welcomes inquires.
    Follow Passages and Joshua and Caleb on Twitter for more news and updates about the show.
    Disclaimer: the music at timestamps 8:00 and 40:00 are not original to the 'Passages' production team.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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50 Ratings

50 Ratings

King Chiz ,

Good for both the mind and the heart

I’ve learned so much in this deep dive into the early church, but I really appreciate how Joshua and Caleb have taken all this information and showed why it matters. At many times I’ve had to put my work down and just listen and reflect on the amazing truths, quotes, and reflections they share. A great podcast for all sorts of Christians. There’s something for everyone here.

Ironwolf9 ,

Request

I have learned a lot so far as I slowly catch up on the podcasts.

I would love to see a bibliography for each episode so I could see the source material and learn even more.

CJECKHAUS ,

Outstanding!

Joshua and Caleb, as well as everyone involved with Mere Orthodoxy, have put together a riveting and rich look into the Nicene creed and the context surrounding it. Professionally produced, absolutely edifying.

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