Updated: Jul 20
Video from Bible Answer Man
The Nicene Creed
"A caller asks Hank if we can place any faith in the Nicene Creed. Hank Hanegraaff serves as president of the Christian Research Institute, host of the syndicated Bible Answer Man radio broadcast and “Hank Unplugged podcast”, and is a bestselling author of more than 20 books." from video introduction.
The Nicene Creed: Where it Came from and Why it Still Matters
The Nicene Creed is one of the most famous and influential creeds in the history of the church, because it settled the question of how Christians can worship one God and also claim that this God is three persons.
It was also the first creed to obtain universal authority in the church, and it improved the language of the Apostles’ Creed by including more specific statements about the divinity of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The historical context of the Nicene Creed
What we call the Nicene Creed is actually the product of two ecumenical councils—one in Nicaea (present-day Iznik, Turkey) in AD 325, and one in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in AD 381—and a century of debate over the nature of the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In AD 324, Constantine reunited the Roman Empire under a single throne. Constantine was himself a recent convert to Christianity, having (temporarily) ended all persecution by decree in AD 313 after he claimed that he won a battle by calling out to the Christian God. It was Constantine who convened the first ecumenical, fully representative, universally recognized council of the Christian church..." from the article: The Nicene Creed: Where it Came from and Why it Still Matters