Wright: Why The Creeds Are Not Enough

Derek Ouellette —  March 9, 2011

“The Great Tradition has seriously and demonstrably distorted the gospels. Eager to explain who “God” really was, the church highlighted Christology; wanting to show that Jesus was divine, it read the Gospels with that as the question; looking for Jesus’ divinity, it ignored other central themes such as the kingdom of God. By the fourth century the church was not so eager to discover that God’s kingdom had arrived and was to be implemented in Jesus’ way, so it screened out that kingdom inauguration which lies at the heart of the Synoptic tradition.” – Jesus, Paul and the People of God, p.63

Later in the same book Wright adds:

“I continue to affirm Chalcedon in the same way that I will agree that a sphere is also a circle or a cube also a square, while noting that this truth is not the whole truth.” – Jesus, Paul and the People of God, p.135

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    I for one know of no one who would say the Creed is enough. NONE of the data is enough. The demons believe and tremble. What is necessary, what is sufficient,is communion with God the Father in, with, and through the Son as made possible by the Holy Spirit.

    Where do I find that communion? In, with, and through the Church, the Body of Christ. The visible, historical, social Church, continuous from the Day of Pentecost until the Parousia. In, with, and through the mysteries of the Church, the mysteries instituted by Christ, the mysteries which, empowered by the Holy Spirit, constitute the Church. This is the basis for my communion with God. But I would know none of this without the creed, the Scripture, or the rest of the data of revelation. So, while the Creed is not sufficient, it is completely necessary.

    I find Wright’s comparison of the truth of the union of the Divine and Human, of Heaven and earth, in the Incarnation with the basic facts of geometry to be quite disconcerting. The Incarnation may be not be the “whole truth”, but it is certainly the basis for everything else that is true. In fact, we believe, if not dogmatically, as a matter of theological opinion just short of dogma, that the whole purpose of creation in the Incarnation.

    If Christ were not fully God and fully human, he could have proclaimed the Kingdom of God. What is the Kingdom of God? It is first and foremost the presence of the King: “God-with-us” – Emmanuel.