This is a question we occasionally get asked via email: “Are you orthodox Christian believers?” / “Could you please explain your understanding of the Bible and Authority of Scripture” (Implied continuation:”…before I will listen to you!”)

We would like you to make up your own mind by listening to us. But here is a brief introduction to our theological background:

“Christian” is the only label we are both entirely happy with wearing. We both try to take the Christian Bible very seriously, although we guess that some people listening may feel occasionally uncomfortable either with the way we may be using it, or what we think about its historical setting and background. We’re not trying to jump through some kind of definition of Christian orthodoxy couched in terms primarily of the Bible.

For us, it is Jesus Christ, as witnessed to by the Bible who is all-important. The Bible is important because it bears a unique, historical and spiritual witness to Jesus. The Church has always and most-consistently honoured the Bible for exactly this reason.

We also think that the historical Christian creeds (Nicene Creed and Apostles’ Creed) are the only documents which are authoritative enough to determine whether a teaching or person is “orthodox” in the full sense of the world. We also think that gives a fair degree of lee-way within the wider Church for varying opinions between people, across time and between churches. Simon and Paul do not always agree with each other on every point of Christian doctrine (as anyone listening to the talks will quickly discover). Yet we regard one another as lying within the breadth (and it is a considerable breadth) of Christian orthodox opinion.

In the last resort, the only way for you to check out whether we are “orthodox” Christian theologians is to listen to what we have to say. You may find yourselves agreeing, or disagreeing with us. That’s fine. We hope that you will find your way to that respectful and reverent approach to thinking about God which we believe is essential to all orthodox Christian theology.