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.

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The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

Jan 13, Joshua Phillips rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 13, David Varney rated it really liked it.

What vision do we wish to give to our people, from the most recent convert to the long-established church member? I found his explanation of The Rule to be very helpful. Are Christian creeds and confessions still relevent? Regarding this theological development, the author exhorts: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He argues for the biblical imperative of the need for creeds and confessions.

This was an interesting perspective about why creeds and confessions were important. Iedere kerk heeft een belijdenis, alleen hebben sommige kerken deze opgeschreven en creeedal publiekelijk en onderzoekbaar gemaakt.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

When I got it, I stopped reading everything else so I could read it all by its little lonesome! Many churches in my area are anti-creedal.

Everyone has a creed which means the only difference is whether one is prepared to be honest and open about this fact. Jul 10, Benjamin Glaser rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 The Creedal Imperative says: Trueman then lays out the Biblical case for the reception, articulation, and transmission of the historic faith as found creedall the Scriptures, and how catechisms and confessions help establish and undergird the Scriptures rather than supplant them.


All of these in their different ways make the idea of doctrinal Christianity, expressed in creeds and confessions, both implausible and distasteful; and all of them are part of the creedzl air we all breathe. Does that mean they have Does that mean they have nothing written down about their basic beliefs? Apparently, this book is too cool for a subtitle.

He points out that as soon as you ask someone what the Bible is about, they answer with a summation of their belief, a creed. My only gripe – there was a bit of repetition in a number of chapters – not just themes being revisited but what appeared to be verbatim chunks copied across and missed by the editor.

The phrase “I have no creedxl but the bible” sounds so Norn Ireland and so sound, but T This is a fantastic book. Nothing that any Biblical author wrote has its origin in himself. 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. His British wit is rich throughout and strikingly hilarious at times. The status and role of confessions stands at the center of imperatibe debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate with the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots.

Many errors rife within church life in the western world would be avoided if there wee more adherence to the sort of structure provided by a confession of faith. Mortification of Spin Mug. In centuries past, sons learned a trade from their father and girls learned skills from their mother. Truman does concentrate more on creeds then confessions but that is why the emphasis is on the first few centuries. He also argues that the division between the Lutherans and the Reformed over the Lord’s Supper was not entirely negative.


Each settled matter would then bring a new set of issues for discussion, ultimately leading to creedal formulation. I might even find that some of the leaders in my church are not even believers, based on what they reveal in their responses. For centuries impdrative Church has borne witness to her commitment to the truth by using creeds and confessions as shorthand statements of her belief in what the Scriptures teach. Powered by Church Plant Media.

The Creedal Imperative

More books by Aimee Byrd. In chapter three, he examines the Biblical data and the witness of the early church to demonstrate the priority the early church placed on passing down right doctrine and how this develops into the rule of faith.

With a book like this, I can honestly say that my summer is off to a great start! In chapter four Trueman turns his attention creeda, the historic Protestant Confessions i. They give us a tried and true vocabulary to help the church teach what is orthodox.

When controversy around the nature of the Trinity erupted, the Nicene Creed was born. Dec 22, John Weis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

Of course, such recitation is not in itself enough: The Creedal Imperative, written by Dr. It is a form of sound words, and the corporate imperatiive of the same reinforces it in our minds.