In the Beginning Was the Logos

This is an absorbing and well-researched history of the early Christian church and the highly significant Council of Nicea in the 4th century ... The author uses many historical documents in setting up and explaining ... Both Constantine the Great, who called for the ecumenical council, and an array of bishops and religious luminaries are brought into fascinating focus. Many controversies of the period are carefully dissected with all the canons springing from the council explained. Special church language is also defined in layman terms. The roles of Gnostics and other splinter religious groups, and their impact on Christianity, are also covered. Many myths are dispelled. The aftermath of the council is also analyzed. The writing is clear ... Many subheads in the narrative enable easier reading and digestion of the always interesting material. There's an excellent glossary, timeline, and roster of bishops and elders. (Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards)
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In the Beginning Was the Logos tells the story of the Council of Nicea and its aftermath, the most explosive century in Christian history. It puts in your hands ancient documents, letters from one competing bishop to another, and even letters from the emperor Constantine both to the churches and to the pagan people of Rome.

  • Those who favor the council deny that Constantine called it. Logos will show you his letter explaining why he called it.
  • Those who disfavor the council claim that it reinvented Christianity and rewrote the Bible. Logos will show you lists of books of the Bible beginning 160 years before the council. You will read the correspondence and the concerns of the participants in the council, and you will lay eyes on the council's decrees and decisions.

The story of the fourth-century church is an incredible one. It was a time of rapid change as the empire made a dramatic shift from persecuting Christians to promoting Christianity. The bishops suddenly found themselves as powerful as the governors who used to jail and torture them. The ambitious rushed for that power in much the same way as Americans rushed for gold in 1849.

The scene was like a Hollywood movie: intrigue, scandal, struggles for power. The most powerful general in the Roman empire was beaten to death in the streets by the Christians of Constantinople in 342. Blood flowed from the churchyards.

All over one word: homoousios.

A word you and I have forgotten.

I give you the documents and guide you through the story. It doesn't need telling. It tells itself.

And when you're done, you'll never wonder again. You'll find yourself scouring footnotes you've always ignored before and saying, "Oh, yeah? Where'd you hear that? How do you know? Who said?"

Experts are not people with degrees. Experts are those who know the inside story. They have access to information you don't have.

No more. This is the information age.

When you are finished with In the Beginning Was the Logos you will not only have enjoyed the "thrilling ride," as one reviewer put it, but ...

you will also know how to know.

Comments from Readers

I love the way that at some point about halfway through the book you realize that you are no longer looking at some isolated historical event, but you're looking at yourself, your local church, at your role in preserving "the faith once for all delivered."

I enjoyed the way you linked the people from church history in a way that I could see them as peers and could see and understand how they related to each other.

Wow, what a ride! I've rarely seen a marriage of such accurate and exhaustive historical study with the captivating writing of "plain old," everyday language.

From the footnote about footnotes to the fact that I didn't even think to think that the Bible was done in "spurts," your readers will think, "I have to know more!"

This is perhaps the best compliment I have ever received concerning my writing and teaching.

I learned more in a five-hour ride on a bumpy road from you than I was ever taught in Bible school. I will never forget that ride from Nakuru to Kisii.—Lonnie Hatfield, missionary to Kenya.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Story of Nicea

  • 1. The Greatest Story on Earth
  • 2. How Do We Know?
  • 3. Christianity Before Nicea
  • 4. The Council of Nicea
  • 5. Who Was Condemned at Nicea?
  • 6. The Paschal Controversy
  • 7. The Canons of the Council of Nicea
  • 8. The Aftermath of Nicea
  • 9. Homoousios and the Creeds of the Arians
  • 10. Athanasius, Champion of Nicea

Part Two: The Myths

  • 11. Myths About the Council of Nicea
  • 12. Gnosticism and the Council of Nicea
  • 13. From Sabbath to Sunday?
  • 14. Was Constantine a Christian?

Part Three: The Faith and Structure of the Nicene Churches

  • 15. What Is a Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church?
  • 16. Homoousios
  • 17. The Nicene and Pre-Nicene Trinity
  • 18. Were the Nicene Churches Roman Catholic?

Part Four: Applying Nicea's Lessons

  • 19. Can Unity Be Holy and Apostolic?

Appendices

  • A. Glossary
  • B. Timeline
  • C. Bishops, Elders, and Pastors
  • D. Arius' Letters
  • E. Constantine's Letter to Alexander and Arius
  • F. Constantine's Speech to the Council of Nicea
  • G. The Nicene and Constantinopolitan Creeds
  • H. Letter of the Council to Alexandria and Egypt
  • I. Eusebius' Letter to the Church at Caesarea
  • J. Constantine's Letter to the Churches
  • K. Rule of Faith of the Church in Caesarea
  • L. Books of the Bible Before Nicea