United in Reverence

Christopher Jackson on Christian Orthodoxy & the Self-Revelation of God

Christians should hesitate to lay down Trinitarian dogma. So says Hilary of Poitiers as he begins a lengthy discourse on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This seeming inconsistency stems from a dual understanding of orthodoxy that conservative Christians must regain: orthodoxy as a boundary to separate correct from false teaching, and orthodoxy as the incomprehensible self-revelation of God.

American conservative Christians, whether Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, enthusiastically proclaim right teaching and set it apart from wrong. Well-trained and battle-hardened by defending against liberalism such necessary doctrines as the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the authority of the Scriptures, they expertly . . .

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Christopher Jackson is Associate Pastor at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, in Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife Mary have three children.

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