What All Christians Believe in Common:
by Philip Schaff, Author: "Creeds of Christendom"
"Ni neart go cur le chéile." ("No unity, no strength." -Old Gaelic Saying)
"... forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
The Nicene Creed 325 A.D. / 381 A.D.
"In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love."
"Ever since I became a Christian I have thought that the best, perhaps the only, service I could do for my unbelieving neighbors was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times." -C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) __________________________________________________________________
The Catholic Consensus of Greek, Latin, and Evangelical Christendom.
The Consensus is contained in the Scriptures, and in the œcumenical Creeds...
It may be more fully and clearly specified as follows: ______________________________________________
I.—RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE.
VII.—ECCLESIOLOGY AND SACRAMENTOLOGY.
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“...that which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all.” -Vincent of Lerins (450 A.D.)
"Fulfill you my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." -Philippians 2:2
Exception: so-called Liberal (or "Modernist") Theology, of whichever of the three areas of Christianity; by rejecting most, if not all, of accepted Biblical, historic Christian doctrine; has therefore placed itself outside of the pale of universal Christian orthodoxy.
This has resulted in the driving away of tens of millions of its former congregants (and their children) over the past century, causing the entire movement to grow increasingly irrelevant. So-called "Modern Theology" is actually based on the teachings of a few apostate German so-called "Theologians" of the 1840's. __________
PNEUMATOLOGY: The doctrine or study of the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
SOTERIOLOGY: The theological doctrine of salvation as effected by Jesus Christ.
ECCLESIOLOGY AND SACRAMENTOLOGY: The branch of theology that is concerned with the nature, constitution, and functions of the Church (or of a Church) and of the Sacraments.
6.& 7.): The Society of Friends (Quakers) historically have not observed either Baptism or Communion, but many modern Friends Churches, if they hold to Christian orthodoxy, now observe both.
The Salvation Army as a group, does not observe either Baptism or Communion, but does not oppose them, and allows its members to be baptized (and receive Communion) in other Churches, if they so desire.
For additional information on this subject of Baptism, See our Notes and Commentary in the right-hand column of our webpage: Nicene Creed: Scripture Basis.
ESCHATOLOGY: The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.
A belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment. ______________