What the Early Christians
The early Christian writer, Tertullian, coined the word "Trinity" around
the year A.D. 200. Although he coined a new word, Tertullian introduced
no new teachings about the Trinity. Rather, he explained and defended
what the entire church had believed from the time of the apostles up
through his day.
Other than perhaps the doctrine of salvation, no doctrine
is discussed more often and more thoroughly by the pre-Nicene Christian
writers than that of the Trinity. And what they taught about the Trinity
is based solidly on Scripture. Yet, their understanding of the Trinity
differed in certain important aspects from what is popularly taught in
the West today as the doctrine of the Trinity. Our western understanding
of the Trinity is based upon the teachings and misunderstandings of Augustine.
It is not the historical understanding—”nor the Scriptural
teaching—”of the Trinity.
a ministry, we are offering below the teaching tape, What the Early Christians
Believed about the Trinity, for only 49¢—”which
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out. The same message is also offered below on audio CD. Or, read for yourself
an extensive collection of representative quotations from the early Christians
about the Trinity in the Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, which
is also offered below.
What The Early Christians Believed About the Trinity. The
Trinity is one of the central doctrines of Christianity. Probably
most Christians have heard of the Nicene Creed, and they think they
hold to its teachings on the Deity of Christ. However, as Bercot
explains in this message, most Christians today hold to a view of
the Trinity that is not in accordance with either the Nicene Creed
or the early Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
70 min. CD.
of Early Christian Beliefs
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David W. Bercot, editor. This scholarly work collects together over 7000
quotations from the writings of the early Christians, arranged alphabetically
by topic. Find out what the early Christians believed on various doctrines
and lifestyle issues. Each quotation contains a citation back to the volume
and page where the quotation can be found in the Ante-Nicene Fathers set.
So this work also serves as an excellent index to the Ante-Nicene Fathrs.
A must for every pastor and serious Bible student.
704 pp. hardback.