My Brother ' S Shadows

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//the divinity of christ
Introduction

The claim that Jesus Christ was divine is one of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian church. It is upon this foundation that the church has been built, and upon which a number of other vital doctrines take their stand. It is therefore imperative that Christians are able to adequately defend the divinity of Christ from both a historical and theological perspective, to ensure the faith remains real and relevant for today’s world.

Ever since the church’s inception, almost 2000 years ago, it has been attacked by various heresies that have sought to destroy it. The claim of Christ’s divinity has been one such target. In recent years, one of the most well known attacks on the divinity of Christ has been from Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’. In his book, it is claimed that the earliest Christians believed that Jesus was only a man. It was not until the 4th century that the deity of Christ was imposed upon the church by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Although his book is fiction, it has cast doubt in the minds of many people that Jesus’ divinity is an essential part of the Christian faith. Similarly, well-known atheists such as Richard Dawkins have laughed at the claim that Jesus was divine,[1] although they do give him credit for being a ‘good’ and quite ‘interesting’ man within history.

It is against this backdrop that Christians must defend the divinity of Christ and…
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