Carl Trueman wrote The Creedal Imperative to address this question and its apparent tension in some people’s minds. His short answer is: no. Recent years have seen a number of high profile scholars converting to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy while a trend in the laity expresses an. The Creedal Imperative, by Carl R. Trueman. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, pp. $ Carl Trueman is the Paul Woolley Professor of.

Author: Mur Tojasar
Country: Czech Republic
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Marketing
Published (Last): 27 January 2010
Pages: 393
PDF File Size: 20.66 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.14 Mb
ISBN: 884-2-58036-712-8
Downloads: 53883
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Nekazahn

I’m right there with you, Doc. I think this is a great book for exploring the nature of ecclesial authority and the history of theological reflection. Furthermore, contemporary culture doubts that the capacity of words to stably bear ceedal. The role of the creeds and corporate confessional statements as acts of worship serves as the primary emphasis of the fifth chapter. Do some work will ya!

He relates the history of the historic ecumenical creeds Nicea, Constantinople, Ephesusshowing them to be the defense of Biblical orthodoxy, not it’s establishment or definition, the common and right perspective for any Protestant. Iedere kerk heeft een belijdenis, alleen hebben sommige kerken deze opgeschreven en daarmee publiekelijk en onderzoekbaar gemaakt. Solid defense of the importance of creeds in the ongoing life of the church.

The pastor who simply declares that his creed is the Bible and nothing more is being disingenuous because, when he preaches, he interprets the Bible, he does not simply read it aloud to his congregation.

The Creedal Imperative

This, says Trueman, explains the contents of your local Christian bookstore. He particularly addresses churches that reject historical patterns of worship in an attempt to convey relevance to contemporary society. What more do they need to believe and to understand than the teenager who was converted last Sunday morning on his first visit to the church?

He expounds on the historical and ba Trueman makes a compelling case for the necessity of creeds and confessions. I’m off to learn the Apostles’ Creed!

Throughout his book, church historian Carl Trueman, who holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, admirably supports this claim with great skill and insight. It has certainly strengthened my resolve and enlarged my affection for the great creeds and confessions that have been faithfully handed down to the church. This flawed creed is detrimental to both the individual and the community of believers that he worships with His chapter on the liturgical implications of our creeds is absolutely fantastic.


The title of this book reveals its thesis. Books by Carl R. As the holder of the Paul Woolley Chaired professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, he seems uniquely situated to comment on this topic and his insights are in fact, helpful Many churches today need to know the classic creeds and confessions of those who stood before them and repent of their chronological snobbery — yes, and Amen!

One only has to briefly reflect on the many modern attempts to “make the Bible relevant” to see the how insightful his comments are; such attempts presuppose the Bible isn’t relevant and must be made so through our efforts. Among my elder board I would bet that every single one of them I impdrative would tell you that they believe in the inerrancy, authority and sufficiency of Scripture.

And though our culture rejects authorities, the Scripture establishes a church with authority structures. Trueman impwrative the notion of “no creed but the Bible”, showing it to be no different than any of the confessional branches of the church, save that the creed i.

That’s the irony, Tim, they That’s the irony, Tim, they say they have no creed but the Bible in creed-like fashion. Culture does not just happen, but is made up of many tributaries. Trueman, however, remains undaunted: There are many gems in this chapter. You mean there’s Ceredal There is another serious flaw that surfaces in the discussion of the Three Forms of Unity.

The public rehearsal of statements of beliefs, creeds, and confession serves as vreedal vehicle for spiritual formation and church renewal. May 23, Nicole rated it really liked it. A girl learned to weave because Mom taught her the skill. May 30, Nathan White imperahive it it was amazing. Het is een boek dat weer de puntjes op de i zet bij de gebruikelijke kerkelijke praxis en de grote waarde laat zien van confessioneel gereformeerde kerken.


Carl Trueman makes a very good case for the holding to and use of creeds and confessions in churches and within denominations, and does so utterly convincingly for me.

Creeds, confessions, and catechisms put meat on the bones of everything that a church does, and actually confront many of our unbiblical practices.

There are many gems in this chapter. The status and role of confessions stands at the center of the debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate i,perative the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots.

He demonstrates that scripture has creedal statements within it, and from the earliest days of the church, they have been used to summarize the creedap of the faith. This was an interesting perspective about why creeds and confessions were important.

Want to Read saving…. The Complete Second Season. Generally speaking, these people are the least qualified to discuss politics, science, sociology, economics, or religion, but this never stops them pontificating about these subjects. Close up arrow Search the Site Search.

The Creedal Imperative

One could respond simply: In the second chapter the focus shifts away from the cultural reasons for the rejection of creedalism and attempts to demonstrate the biblical and traditional foundations for the use of creeds in Christian life and worship.

If you are like I was, and think that there is no need for creeds, please try and summarize your beliefs and convictions concisely.

This interaction reveals much of the individualistic attitudes that our culture holds regarding the church. He cites an intertestamental tradition regarding a passage in Isaiah in order to explain a passage from Mark.

Aimee, I’ve read a few of Aimee, I’ve read a few of your posts here and elsewhere, and appreciate what you have to say from the view of the layperson.