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What is Cogent Christianity?

Cogent Christianity is a platform for thoughtful Christians to share their thoughts on matters to do with theology, philosophy, and culture via the medium of high quality articles and essays.

Our aim is to provide aspiring Christian writers with a forum to reach out to other Christians by sharing their knowledge and thought-out opinions on important matters that often pose as obstacles to faith; matters that our churches haven’t done a great job at addressing.

If you are interested in joining the team, send us an email at cogentchristianity at gmail dot com or a message via the contact page.

Authors

Cogent Christianity is run by a Christ-centred and dedicated group of contributors. Here is your chance to meet them.

George Brahm

George is the highly-introverted founder of Cogent Christianity. He also enjoys studying philosophy and theology, writing short stories, reading anything he can get his hands on, and rooting for his favourite cricket and soccer teams.

Kaitlyn Brewer

Kaitlyn Brewer has been an apologetics junkie ever since she discovered the church library at age 12. Unfortunately, most of her friends aren’t interested in things like the Cosmological Argument, so she started a blog to talk about it at On My Bookshelf. When she’s not blog writing, she’s busy finishing her last year of school for public relations in Manitoba, Canada.

Sadie-Megin Daniels

Sadie-Megin is a recent graduate of Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, CA. She has worked as a Student Intern at Life Legal Defense Foundation, OC Rescue Mission, and the Pacific Justice Institute. As a Christian, she looks forward to one day advocating for the least among us as a lawyer, just as Christ Jesus is our Advocate before the Father.

Paul Gerhardt

Paul is a card-carrying INFP and lifelong Missouri-Synod Lutheran. After earning a bachelor’s degree in History in 2016, he completed graduate work at a Lutheran seminary, and is now pursuing a career in nursing. He is continually learning about theology, healthcare, and human nature.

Jonathan McElrath

Jonathan is just an average guy with a passion for the local church and the layperson’s grasp of a Biblical worldview. He also has a side interest in economic theory. He has spent most of his adult life working construction and serving in the Army National Guard. He is an unashamed Taylor Swift fan and he lives and breathes Braves baseball. His notable intellectual influences include Arthur Pink, Paul Washer, Voddie Baucham, Thomas Sowell, and Darrell B. Harrison.

Patrick McMillan

Patrick is an incoming senior at Lincoln Christian University, and has studied Ancient Greek and Biblical Interpretation under eminent scholars. He is also the host of the Unpopular Opinion Podcast (https://twitter.com/Unpopular_Cast), where he covers theological and political issues. You can reach him on Twitter at @pnmcmillan.

CJ Thompson

CJ is an amateur poet and aspiring author of Christian apologetics and philosophy of religion. He received his bachelor’s of science in Religious Studies at Grand Valley State University in 2019 and is currently a nursing student in Madonna University’s ABSN program. Absent medicine, his primary areas of interest include morality, theodicy, trinitarian ontology, consciousness, and free will. More of his work on these and other topics can be found at his blog, Learner’s Lounge.

Tina Wanis

Jostiena “Tina” Wanis is a psychology graduate student studying in Chicago. She enjoys studying theology as a hobby. She’s interested in Ecclesiology, Biblical theology, and the integration of mental health and Christianity, which will also be her areas of contribution to Cogent Christianity.

Statement of Faith

While the contributors at Cogent Christianity come from various denominational backgrounds, they all affirm the following three ecumenical creeds that define Christian orthodoxy:

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son
he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Athanasian Creed

Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.
Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.

And the catholic faith is this,
that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.
But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:
the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;
the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;
the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.
And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,
just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.
In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;
and yet there are not three Almighties but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;
and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord;
and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone. The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.
The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten but proceeding. Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;
but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped. 
Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.
He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age: perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh; equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:
one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh but by the assumption of the humanity into God;
one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ, who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again on the third day from the dead,
ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds. And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

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