Theological Research Symposium
On Tuesday, October 29, BJU Seminary hosted this semester’s Theological Research Symposium. PhD student Nick Claxton presented a paper titled “The Niagara Creed: Its History, Theology, and Relevance,” and Dr. Mark Sidwell provided the response. Then PhD student Jared Garcia presented a paper titled “Ecclesiastical Unity in Johannine Literature: A Survey of the Church Unity Motif in John’s Gospel and Its Use in John’s Letters,” and Dr. Greg Stiekes gave the response.
Claxton’s paper, which focused on the fourteen-point creed developed by fundamentalists through the interdenominational Niagara Bible Conference, examined the history and significance of the creed. It also compared the points of the creed to the doctrinal positions and practices of several modern interdenominational organizations.
Garcia’s paper developed the topic of ecclesiastical unity in the writings of John in the New Testament. His argument was that, far from being non-existent, the topic of church unity is prominent in Johannine writings.