Should We Be Hopeless or Hope-filled?
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How Do We Affirm Objective Moral Values and Duties?
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3 Things to Know About Finding Your Calling
This is awesome. I worked on one idea i had developed for 4 years to never have it take off the way i wanted it to. There was always a road block in the way that wouldn't let me go further, unitl i finally gave up and realized i needed God to show me what my calling was, instead of focusing on something i had come up with myself. Sure enough, only weeks after i officially surrendered my idea in my heart and mind and confessed i was no longer passionate about it and that i was waiting on God to lead me, suddenly i had my calling- a calling to serve that would use all of my skills i acquired in the four years i was chugging away trying to make my own miracle happen. God's plan was there all along. Praise Jesus for saving me.
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Jesus’ reference here is not to a theft, when someone wants to steal another’s garment, but to a legitimate lawsuit in a legal court. In those days the courts often mandated that fines or judgments be paid in clothing. The illustration is that a genuine follower of Christ will be willing to surrender even his most valuable coat to an adversary rather than cause offense or hard feelings. The judge could not require a specific coat in payment, but the person could voluntarily give it up.
12 Quotes on Evolution and Intelligent Design - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Biochemists and biologists who adhere blindly to the Darwinism theory search for results that will be in agreement with their theories and consequently orient their research in a given direction, whether it be in the field of ecology, ethology, sociology, demography (dynamics of populations), genetics (so-called evolutionary genetics), or paleontology. This intrusion of theories has unfortunate results: it deprives observations and experiments of their objectivity, makes them biased, and, moreover, creates false problems.
How to Worship When You Don’t Feel Like It
The hardest thing I find is the songs chosen during praise and worship. For me, I want the songs to be about God, not me. I might like the song 'I am a friend of God' and play it over and over (just an example, people), but it's not a praise and worship song. For me to really get into praise and worship AS WORSHIP, not enjoyment it needs to be about who God is, how great He is, even what He has done for me. It can be 'I will worship' kind of songs and what He has done for me (salvation, etc), but I have a hard time with songs that sing about what I will do for Him. To clarify, I'm okay when it's a phrase, or a portion of the song, but when the whole song is not about Him, I quickly get out of the worship mode. Most of my worship I end up doing at home. I have been to a lot of churches, for various reasons, lately, even my home church, and I find it seems to be like this. I only listen to a christian, and, to me, there is a difference between an enjoyable, even emotional song, and a praise/worship song. I would love to hear if anyone else experiences this, as it wasn't addressed in the article, and how you deal with it, if you do.
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What I wish I’d known about church, asking for help, and laughter
When I started as a pastor, there was a staff of three and a church of 168. I didn’t know how or who to hire next or anything about constitutions and by-laws. I had never been a part of a church discipline issue, and I didn’t know how to find and train elders or how to prepare to preach that many weekends for an indefinite period of time. I could go on and on. God was faithful to send me wise men to help me through.
Common Questions, with Answers - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Next, God is perfectly holy, but is also perfectly just. Humans have all sinned against this holy God (Romans 3:23) and God would not be just if he merely ignored our crimes against him. But the good news is that Jesus paid the price for our crime, and thus we can accept or reject God’s provision. So in fact God can indeed accept or reject people based on what they believe, but there’s more to the story…..the basis for that belief is not something irrelevant, but rather boils down to the core of who God is.
Thinking Clearly About God and Evolution - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
C hristianity Today recently had a cover story reporting on Christians who claim that human beings could not all have descended from a single human couple. That story was a symptom of a current trend: more and more Christians, even self-identified evangelicals, claim that Christians must make their peace with evolutionary theory. In recent years, scientists such as Francis Collins, Karl Giberson, Ken Miller, Darrell Falk, and others have written books defending theistic evolution or evolutionary creationism.
Religious Pluralism and the God of 31 Flavors - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For my last post in my series on defeater beliefs for Christianity , I want to consider the claim that there is no one true religion. First, a little episode from my past: The little pamphlet read “Come Grill the Christian.” I was the Christian and student group I was with was inviting any students who would come to do the “grilling.” The idea, as we prepared for an afternoon meeting (a few years ago) at the University of Toronto was that everybody likes a good fight, and that Christianity, as the truth, can withstand any attack. There I was, a young philosopher, mixed with a bit of fear, excitement, and faith, waiting for the meeting to begin. As the meeting time drew close, the room began to fill. I realized I would be forced to actually open my mouth and defend Christianity to this eager looking group of students (did I see him lick his lips?). I began the meeting with a very brief description of what it means to be a Christian, and then I opened up the floor and invited anyone to ask a question. At first, the questions were fairly predictable. But, toward the end, as I began to think I was going to make it out of this meeting without my head between my tail, a student began to question the nature of God and the claim that Christianity is the one true religion.
Os Guinness on losing faith - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Sometimes when I listen to people who say they have lost their faith, I am far less surprised than they expect. If their view of God is what they say, then it is only surprising that they did not reject it much earlier. Other people have a concept of God so fundamentally false that it would be better for them to doubt than to remain devout. The more devout they are, the uglier their faith will become since it is based on a lie. Doubt in such a case is not only highly understandable, it is even a mark of spiritual and intellectual sensitivity to error, for their picture is not of God but an idol.
God's Not Dead: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ: God in the Flesh
Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God
has two natures found in one person—Christ is God the Great I AM in human flesh
(Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). The Bible reveals the dual nature of Christ and
humanity’s salvation demands that be the case. It’s a mystery, but a mystery
that in selected ways not only makes sense, but is necessary for redemption.
Jesus, in the incarnation, did not lose His divinity. He did not lose His
authority or His deity. He voluntarily came to the earth as a human baby to
live perfectly as He fulfilled the Law—He took on our humanity in order to die
in our place (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; and 1 Pet. 2:24). All the newfangled
views of Christ fail to overturn such truths.
A Closer Look: The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient manuscripts that were found at several sites near the western shore of the Dead Sea. The most important site was near Qumran, where eleven caves containing scrolls or artifacts were discovered from 1946 to 1956. Also notable are discoveries at Murabba'at (1951), Nahal Hever (1951 or 1952), Wadi Seiyal (1951 or 1952), and Masada (1963-65). Professor W. F. Albright, America's foremost archaeologist, described the scrolls as "the greatest archaeological find of modern times."
C.S. Lewis On the Gospels As Legends - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As a literary historian, I am perfectly convinced that whatever else the Gospels are they are not legends. I have read a great deal of legend and I am quite clear that they are not the same sort of thing. They are not artistic enough to be legends. From an imaginative point of view they are clumsy, they don’t work up to things properly. Most of the life of Jesus is totally unknown to us, as is the life of anyone else who lived at that time, and no people building up a legend would allow that to be so.
Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel: Ratio Christi and the Apologetics Movement - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Since starting in 2008, Ratio Christi has been expanding its apologetics ministry at colleges around the country – and beyond. Its goal: to regain the intellectual momentum in an environment where secularism often prevails. Here’s an interview with Ratio Christi president Rick Schenker about this new movement to defend the faith.
What Happens When Atheists Don’t Care About Hermeneutics? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The problem with this is that the sign shows what is lacking in the complaints by village atheists. First, there is something we call Biblical hermeneutics which is the art and science of biblical interpretation. Do atheists really want to take the time to understand and learn about how to interpret the Bible? Probably not. If atheists truly care about understanding biblical passages, they should take the time to learn some of the basics of hermeneutics. Otherwise, signs like these make them look like they just want to present a distortion of the Christian faith which is not backed up by proper research.
Is "Blind Faith" Biblical? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
I want to bring up a couple verses that many Christians use to promote "blind faith" as the key concept in accepting Christianity. "But Jesus called the children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'" ( Luke 18:16-17 )
The Debater's Tail: Giberson Shares His Take on the Confrontation with Stephen Meyer
Steve clarified the several definitions of evolution and put common descent to one side as a “secondary argument” and not the focus of the debate. Then he described some problems with neo-Darwinian theory. He told about Francis Crick’s revelation to biology in the 20th century and presented the origin of biological information as the central mystery to be explained. He discussed the combinatorial problem for the selection/mutation mechanism, sharing Douglas Axe’s work on the rarity of functional proteins in sequence space. He explained epigenetic information -- the information beyond DNA and stored in cell structures -- that plays a crucial role in the formation of animal body plans.
The Argument From Cosmic Fine Tuning - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The concept of cosmic fine tuning relates to a unique property of our universe whereby the physical constants and laws are observed to be balanced on a ‘razor’s edge’ for permitting the emergence of complex life. The degree to which the constants of physics must match precise criteria is such that a number of agnostic scientists have concluded that indeed there is some sort of transcendent purpose behind the cosmic arena. British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle writes: “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.” Fundamental Constants
Why God Doesn’t Tell You Everything… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It’s Wednesday night, and I’m helping our kids get their shoes on, jackets on, and Bibles ready as we’re about to rush to church. I hustle them out the door, tell Corina we’re waiting for her in the car, and then load them into the van.
Should Christians Impose Their Moral Standards on Society? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
As we go down the road of life we'er going to conduct ourselves by some moral standard(it is impossible to get around it),what we have to decide is "what" that standard is going to be.There are many competing standards of which Christianity is one of them,so you must choose,to say no to Christianity is to say yes to another,the choice if your's so choose wisely!We have freedoms in this nation but we must choose which moral standard that will govern those rights and freedoms be it the Government(Liberalism or Conservatism),secularism,Islamic,Judaism or Christianity.The only way to escape this deli ma is to be DEAD!
Why would ANYONE want to go to church? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
It’s Sunday morning. You’re awakened by beams of light spilling through your blinds. Rising up, you tie on your bathrobe, walk out the front door to fetch your newspaper when you see the most remarkable sight across the street.
Genetic Evidence: The Achilles Heel of Mormonism - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
According to LDS teaching, an ancient Hebrew family fled, by boat, to an uninhabited land in Central America in 589 B.C. The father of this family, Lehi, had two sons, Nephi and Laman. A division occurred between the two brothers, and a battle between them, along with their respective supporters, ensued. Jesus Christ allegedly appeared to them, bringing 200 years of peace. After that period, the Lamanites, a people described as being idle, full of mischief, and having black skin, destroyed the Nephites, a sophisticated people with light skin. The Lamanites, a remnant of the house of Israel, ultimately became the principal ancestors of Native Americans. This account is taught as church doctrine by the Mormon church and is considered factual history.
I Found an Altar to No God - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Faced with a decision of how to respond to the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens he could have chosen to ignore them or berate them. After all, they had just been calling him an "idle babbler" and a proclaimer of strange deities (17:18). Furthermore, Paul had already learned that he might not be well received by those to whom he proclaimed his message (17:5), His choice, however, was neither ignoring nor berating. Rather, he chose to engage with them. How? He found a point of intersection--"an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD." From that point of intersection he reasoned with those in the midst of the Areopagus, explaining the true nature of God, making clear how humanity relates to God, and establishing the proof for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Apologist Interview with Stephen McAndrew - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Due to his quiet demeanor, you wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Stephen McAndrew--attorney, apologist, philosopher, author, blogger, and frequent contributor to The Poached Egg, is one of the smartest people I know. I had gotten to know him a little bit from our online exchanges, but I was fortunate enough to meet him in person and get to know him better when we hooked up at the National Apologetics Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina last fall, where we both (along with others) had the opportunity to represent Ratio Christi . Since then, he has continued his involvement with Ratio Christi along with releasing his new book, Why It Doesn't Matter What You Believe If It Isn't True. I recently had the chance to catch up with him for an mini-interview via e-mail.
What To Expect If You Become An Apologist - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The reality is, as an apologist, some days you will just feel like beating your head against a wall because of all the ignorance, arrogance, meanness, and just plain weirdness you will run into on a nearly daily basis. Even so there will come those times when you share the truth with someone (whether they be in a cult or they are an atheist or they just really don’t know much about Christianity and why they ought to become a follower of Jesus) and after talking with you, they take a step towards Jesus. Maybe they even trust in Him and become His disciple. It’s those moments that make it all worth it.
Kirsten Powers: No heaven without hell
Even Michael Bloomberg has been musing on the pearly gates. In an interview last week he said, "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place." Though nobody knows exactly what goes on in heaven, it's probably not like a New York City nightclub where you blow past the bouncer because you are a Big Deal. But Bloomberg creating an afterlife in his own image is hardly unique.
The Truth About Sexual Assault
How is Sexual Assault defined in your statistics? Recently discovered a teen boy is being charged with 4th degree sexual assault for patting a teen girl on the behind during a consensual hug. Not downplaying the severity and depravity of sexual assault but if a pat on the behind by a peer is included then I’d say 100% of us have been sexually assaulted. just curious as to the parameters of the statistics for clarification.
There’s No Such Thing as Creation Science–There’s Just Science - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Scientific theories should not have religious import. This may certain have tensions with Augustinian science but religious import is much more than mere metaphysical import. Religious belief imports something that is considered to be internally authoritative (as in within that system of belief–though I don’t believe it will ever conflict). The applicability of some of the beliefs may be universal but using religious belief as a grid for interpreting what is and what is not science is methodologically irresponsible. Religious belief is not itself scientific but may have scientific beliefs and in sync with science. There’s a categorical difference.
God's Not Dead: God's Not Dead: The Bible is the Word of the Lord
Christ’s death on the cross was foretold before that form of execution had even been invented by Persia. Psalm 22:1-16 announces the crucifixion hundreds of years before it happened: “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, since He delights in him! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are spread apart; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels and You have brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have circled around me; the band of spoilers have hemmed me in, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
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3 reasons we're afraid to talk about hell - On Faith & Culture
Christ’s atoning sacrifice did indeed make expiation for sin, and faith in Him alone is sufficient to remove the eternal punishment of sin (which is hell). However, even the holiest among us are rarely free of impure motivations or impious habits. For the vast majority of us, although we die in Christ, we are not yet free from our sinful habits. To enter heaven in this state, with the stain of sin still upon us, would be unworthy of the majesty of heaven or that of our Lord. In Purgatory, we are free to finish growing in the fullness of the grace which was begun on Earth, and when we have finally been perfected in grace then enter the joys of heaven (which is assured for all who enter Purgatory). Perhaps some few of the great saints of the Church have attained this purity in this earthly life, and so pass directly into the Beatific Vision, but I know I certainly haven’t attained such, and am unlikely to do so in the handful of years I have remaining to me. Purgatory is by no means to be feared; it is the place where the promises of Christ, once accepted here on Earth, find their completion and fulfillment, making us into the kind of people worthy of inhering the Kingdom.
Stephen McAndrew: If truth is relative and there are no absolute truths… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If truth is relative and there are no absolute truths, how do we know that the statement, “All truth is relative”, is true? This statement claims to be true in all circumstances—no matter what, truth is relative. In other words, this statement claims that ultimate reality consists of relative truths. So, the statement, "All truth is relative”, is claiming to be absolutely true.
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<em>Taking God At His Word</em> Giveaway
After reading DeYoung’s new book, David Platt had this to say: “My trust in God’s Word is greater, my submission to God’s Word is deeper, and my love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Peter Kreeft: If your life is Christ… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That's not fundamentalism, that's the law of non-contradiction
Mormon Scriptures Revealed - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Recently I asked some Mormon missionaries to show me that their religion is true. They said if I read The Book of Mormon with an open heart then God would impress its truthfulness upon me (they quoted Moroni 10:4). So, I earnestly prayed that God would impress upon my heart the truthfulness of the Mormon scriptures, and then I determined to read as many of their books as I could, including The Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants (D&C), and The Pearl of Great Price.
What the Bible Belt Stereotypes Don't Tell You
A native New Englander, I knew very little about the Midwest before my husband and I moved to Nebraska in 2001. Vague images of corn, combines, locust plagues, fanatical football fans, bad weather, and "Bible bangers" comprised the extent of my knowledge. I considered Nebraska part of the Bible belt, and that fact did not sit well with me. As far as I was concerned, those two words, "Bible belt," were synonymous with close-minded, preachy, judgmental religious people. Proselytizers, apocalyptics, and snake charmers rounded out the picture. I wasn't just leery of moving to the Bible belt; I was downright afraid.
How resurrection shakes things up (on ABC and elsewhere)
Now, the resurrections in Resurrection aren't real. (Or are they?) Even writers can't abide an actual resurrection. They always give other explanations, such as aliens or clones or just a simple con job. Maybe that's because once we bring actual resurrection into a story, anything is possible. The story has no constraints. And a story without constraints doesn't have the tension that those constraints would create. The drama needs the threat of death to stay dramatic, to keep us hanging on.
Never Been Unloved - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Reasons to Believe: Lee Strobel Interviews Doug Groothuis - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Q. Your book has amazing breadth, covering everything from the nature of truth, to arguments for God, to evolution versus creation, to the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, to the challenge of Islam, to the problem of evil – and that’s just for starters! Yet it’s quite readable; you avoid delving too deeply into technical issues while hitting all the key points. I can see this as an invaluable reference book, but I could also envision interested Christians simply reading it cover to cover. How do you hope your book will be used?
Dallas Willard: A thoughtless or uninformed theology… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
A thoughtless or uninformed theology grips and guides our life with just as great a force as does a thoughtful and informed one.
The Problem of Evil: A failure to ask preliminary questions - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
There is the logical problem of evil: “God’s existence and the reality of evil are impossible.” There is the evidential problem of evil: “God’s existence and the reality of evil are improbable.” There is the emotional problem of evil: “I reject (note: not refute) God because of this pain and suffering I am experiencing.” I think that there are adequate responses to each of these objections for the theist: God and evil are not logically incompatible—philosophers, theists and atheists alike, almost universally agree that Plantinga solved this conundrum with his freewill defense in his 1974 The Nature of Necessity ; nor does evil render God’s existence improbable—there is no pointless evil, God has a morally justifiable reason for allowing evil even if we don’t know what that reason is in all cases (that is, even if we can’t point to God’s morally justified reason for evil, it does not follow that there isn’t a morally justified reason for evil, in fact, given human finitude, we wouldn’t expect to “see” the reason in all cases); and for those going through real suffering and pain, a listening ear, an arm around the shoulder, care and compassion are what is called for.
Is God a liar? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
Have you ever seen a movie that wasn’t particularly good? On your way out of the theatre, you happen to catch sight of the poster for the movie you just saw. The poster has quotes from news journals and movie critics that say things like “…a masterpiece…” “…astounding…” “…the best…movie of the year…” Perhaps you suspect that these quotes may have been taken from a larger sentence that looked something like this: “This movie tries to be a masterpiece and fails. It is astounding that the studios invested so much money into such a mediocre piece of cinema. The best thing that can be said about this film is that it is the first movie of the year to sink to such depths.”
Frederica Mathewes-Green: The hard part of the good news… - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
The problem comes when we never get around to talking about the hard part of the good news...What's wrong with us required much more than a hug [consolation], it required a cross...We'd rather feel as if we're victims of a cruel world than admit we are contributors to the world's cruelty, lost sinners who perversely love our lostness, clinging to our treasured sins like a drowning man to an anvil.
Lee Strobel: Is that what faith is all about? - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
that what faith is all about—fooling yourself into becoming a better person? Convincing yourself there’s a God so that you’ll become motivated to ratchet up your morality a notch or two? Embracing a fairy tale so you’ll sleep better at night? No thank you, I thought to myself. If that’s faith, I wasn’t interested
Large-scale UK study confirms the importance of fathers to children
I think the first question we should ask the people who want to redefine marriage is this: “which parent to do you think that a child can do without? the mother or the father?”. We must do everything we can as a society to keep both of a child’s natural parents in the home while the child grows up. If we really care about children, then we should prefer to meet their needs, even if the grown-ups have to be a bit more responsible in their decision making. if the conflict is between innocent children and selfish grown-ups, then the children should win.
59 Confirmed or Historically Probable Facts in the Gospel of John - The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network
7. Archaeology confirms the proper location of Bethesda [5:2]. [Excavations between 1914 and 1938 uncovered that pool and found it to be just as John described it. Since that structure did not exist after the Romans destroyed the city in A.D. 70, it's unlikely any later non-eyewitness could have described it in such vivid detail. Moreover, John says that this structure "is in Jerusalem," implying that he's writing before 70].
Responding to Daniel Kirk’s Strange Review
Seventh, Kirk rejects my claim that “if Jesus didn’t think of himself as divine then the Christian canon and creeds are meaningless”. Kirk then goes on to claim: “While ‘Jesus is God’ makes a good reading of John, it blurs our eyes to Jesus the ‘son of David’ in Matthew, to Luke’s ‘man attested by God,’ and even to Mark’s ‘son of God’ who is ‘son of man.’” In other words, Kirk seems to be denying that Jesus is any sense divine in the Synoptic Gospels. Really? So I am left wandering, “Did Jesus think he was God or not?” The way Kirk is talking the answer seems to be “no.” But it doesn’t to matter to him! I don’t want to speculate too much, and I’ll let Kirk speak for himself, but this looks like a cross between Bultmann and Ehrman. The historical Jesus did not claim to be God, but in the kerygma Jesus was declared to be “God,” and”god” in the sense that Ehrman believes is obviously good enough, and we’ll run with that. What does Nicea have to do with the historical Jesus we might ask Kirk? I assume his answer is, “not much.