St Nicholas, the Arians, and the Nicene Creed

The ancient Christian St Nicolas was a heroic defender of Christian orthodoxy, defending the Nicene creed as it weeves its way through the deep and dark truth of the nature of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In making this stand, the Arians lost the theological war for the truth of God (again, and thank God)! And so we too must make the same stand against the modern day heresies that try to redefine God into some kind if meaningless entity, or otherwise a New Age Hippy or a Marxist left or Fascist right religio-nutter or denier – take your pick.

Below is a Modern Christmas carol fighting an old and stuffy heresy. Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells, it can be a lot of fun – which heretics always hate! It is written by Ben Myers.

Possible titles: “Santa Ain’t an Arian”, or “Put Some of That Old Time Trinitarian Theology in Your Stocking”, or “All I Want for Christmas Is the Faith of Saint Nick,” or, perhaps best of all (suggested by David Koyzis), “Ho-ho-homoousios”. Whatever you call it, just be sure to sing it nice and jolly, accompanied by sleigh bells.

To the tune of Jingle Bells

Nicholas, you’re the best,
Nicky all the way!
Defender of the Nicene ὁμοούσιον Πατρί – hey!
Nicholas, you’re the best,
Nicky all the way!
Defender of the Nicene ὁμοούσιον Πατρί.

“There was when he was not,”
said Arius & Co.
It seems they had forgot
that God has come below:
born in Bethlehem,
crucified and raised,
not a creature but the One
whom angels hymn with praise – oh!


By the candlelight
Share some Christmas cheer!
Give someone a gift!
Drink another beer!
For our light has come
And burned away our dross.
God in flesh: O come let us
Adore φῶς ἐκ φωτός – oh!


Heresy is dull,
a bland philosophy,
it steals away the gifts
beneath the Christmas tree.
The holy catholic church
Bids all our joys increase,
So get beneath the mistletoe
And give the kiss of peace – oh!


Every girl and boy,
And all the grown-ups too,
Let your hearts be glad,
Let Christ be born in you.
Sinners, don’t despair,
There’s no need to be blue,
Lift your hearts up to the Son,
he’s θεὸν ἐκ θεοῦ – hey!


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