What is the value of church history? I attempt to answer this very important question here in a video interview with Christianity.com conducted at the 2011 national conference of The Gospel Coalition. I reference the doctrine of the Trinity–currently a hot-button issue due to the matter of modalism raised in light of the Elephant Room video series–to show that while historical theology does not create truth, it certainly allows Christians to put together biblical insights, to systematize doctrine for the flourishing of God’s people and the defense of God’s name. (That’s Athanasius, Trinitarian theologian par excellence, to the root, by the way.) You can watch the featured Christianity.com video here. Here is a list of other videos that I did for this organization, which is committed to putting out rich doctrinal content to aid Christians in their walk with Christ. I’m thankful for the chance to have made a small contribution and hope that these videos stimulate thought and learning. They were very fun to do. Most are between 2-3 minutes.
Here are the topics I talked about in bite-size pieces:
- How should we interpret 1 Timothy 2:12?
- What was God doing before He created the world? (fun question!)
- What is the gospel?
- What church history books should every Christian read? (Marsden!)
- Why should every Christian belong to a local church?
- Who are the Puritans and what can we learn from them? (bunch of kill-joys)
- Why should a busy pastor study theology?
Cross-posted from Owen's personal blog.