On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called Thursday Theology, where I provide quotes from important theological thinkers past and present. One historical theologian I quote often is Jaroslav Pelikan. Dr. Pelikan’s five-volume series The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine strongly influenced my thinking about Christian history and historical theology. I hope Pelikan’s insights do the same for…
Every Sunday all over the world, millions and millions of Christians recite or sing (or, at any rate, hear) one or another creed, and most of them have had a creed spoken over them, at their baptism. – Jaroslav Pelikan, Credo (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003), 1.
If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not—nothing else matters.
–Jaroslav Pelikan (1923–2006), Yale Department of History Newsletter
Jaroslav Pelikan, an important historical theologian who became [Eastern] Orthodox late in life, once told me, ‘You evangelicals talk too much about Jesus and don’t spend enough time thinking about the Holy Trinity.’
—David Neff ed., “The Fullness and the Center,” Christianity Today (July 20, 2011) 41.