Creeds and confessions throughout Christian history provide a unique vantage point from which to study the Christian faith. To this end, Donald Fairbairn and Ryan Reeves construct a story that captures both the central importance of creeds and confessions over the centuries and their unrealized potential to introduce readers to the overall sweep of church history. The book features texts of classic creeds and confessions as well as informational sidebars.
One of the world's leading scholars offers unique insights into the history and significance of Christian creeds Eminent theologian Jaroslav Pelikan has been translating, editing, and studying the Christian creeds and confessions of faith for sixty years. This book is the historical and theological distillation of that work. In Credo, Pelikan addresses essential questions about the Christian tradition: the origins of creeds; their function; their political role; how they relate to Christian institutions, worship, and service; and how they help to explain the major divisions of the Christian church and of Christian history. Credo standsas an independent reference work devoted to the subject of what creeds and confessions are and what their role in history has been. It is also the first of the four volumes of Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, edited by Pelikan and Valerie Hotchkiss.
The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions : Addressed Particularly to Candidates for the Ministry by Samuel Miller, first published in 1839, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.
"This five-volume set seeks to assemble the principal creeds and confessions of the Christian Church, from biblical times to the present and from all over the globe, and place them in their historical and theological context. An introductory volume, "Credo", by church historian Jaroslav Pelikan, surveys the history of these creeds, delves into the meaning and purpose of creeds, and probes the issues and controversies that spawn new creeds, as well as the origins of new religious movements within Christianity. The set includes over 225 texts, with translations from many languages. Pelikan and his co-editor Valerie Hotchkiss provide a brief introduction to each creed and confession, as well as commentary and notes identifying its biblical and other sources. A comparative index serves as a comprehensive guide, doctrine by doctrine, to all the creeds and confessions. The CD-ROM contains all the translated texts in their original languages"--Amazon.com.
Today, too many Christians are followers of novelty, religious fads, and strange new doctrines unheard of in the history of the church. On the contrary, to be a Christian is to join the great "cloud of witnesses" (Heb 12:1) through the ages, confessing with the Body of Christ the "faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). This is what Paul called the "good confession" (1 Tim 6:12). This workbook will lead you in a study of what it means to be a Christian from the vantage point of the Bible, the ancient Christian creeds, and the Protestant confessions of the sixteenth century.
This brief, accessible invitation to the historic creeds and confessions makes a biblical and historical case for their necessity and shows why they are essential for Christian faith and practice today. J. V. Fesko, a leading Reformed theologian with a broad readership in the academy and the church, demonstrates that creeds are not just any human documents but biblically commended resources for the well-being of the church, as long as they remain subordinate to biblical authority. He also explains how the current skepticism and even hostility toward creeds and confessions came about.
This book is a collection of reformed Christian creeds and confessions in a readable format for devotional, personal, and academic use. It is designed primarily for readability and reference, and for this reason the scripture proofs have not been included where applicable. I have included these particular confessions and creeds in order to emphasize the doctrines which the churches that rose out of the reformation share in common. The catholicity of the church was important to the reformers but, unfortunately, in our era this emphasis on catholicity has been forgotten and given way to increasing division and sectarianism. My hope is that this collection will encourage and edify Christian believers in their faith and unity with one another. This volume contains: The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Chalcedonian Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The 39 Articles, The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Canons of Dort, The Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger Catechism, The Shorter Catechism, Also included are notes and information about the American revisions of the 39 Articles, Three Forms of Unity and The Westminster Standards.