Pontius Pilate and the Creed

It struck me as I was reading about Calvin’s 1542 catechism, that he explains the presence of Pilate in the Creed as “in view of the certitude of the historical fact.” Bucer, too, in his 1534 catechism, argues that Pilate appears in order to “prove the truth of the history.” It is worth being reminded, as someone trained in systematics, just how tightly the faith is tied to historical events and locations, and even persons. Just one more sign, perhaps, of the damage done by the separation between the various subdisciplines of theology: systematics and biblical studies and church history.

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