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The Creedal Imperative

Carl Trueman

The Creedal Imperative

Carl Trueman

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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 eclectic hunger for tradition. The status and role of confessions stands at the center of the debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate with the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots. Carl Trueman offers an analysis of why creeds and confessions are necessary, how they have developed over time, and how they can function in the church of today and tomorrow. He writes primarily for evangelicals who are not particularly confessional in their thinking yet who belong to confessional churches—Baptists, independents, etc.—so that they will see more clearly the usefulness of the church’s tradition.



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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 eclectic hunger for tradition. The status and role of confessions stands at the center of the debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate with the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots. Carl Trueman offers an analysis of why creeds and confessions are necessary, how they have developed over time, and how they can function in the church of today and tomorrow. He writes primarily for evangelicals who are not particularly confessional in their thinking yet who belong to confessional churches—Baptists, independents, etc.—so that they will see more clearly the usefulness of the church’s tradition.


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Carl Trueman

Carl R. Trueman (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Luthers Legacy: Salvation and English Reformers, 1525–1556; The Claims of Truth: John Owens Trinitarian Theology; Reformation: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow; The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism; John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man; and Minority Report: Unpopular Essays on Everything from Ancient Christianity to Zen Calvinism.

He is also the editor of Themelios and has contributed to the Dictionary of Historical Theology; the Dictionary of National Biography; The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology, and the Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology.
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An Engaging Introduction
4 stars By Gary Ware, Nov 20 2012
What does The Creedal Imperative (Carl Trueman, Crossway, 2012) promise?
In six succinct chapters, Carl Trueman: outlines the current cultural trends which deter people from confessionalism; outlays a biblical case for creeds and confessions; recounts the way creeds and confessions were (and remain) indispensable formularies in combating theological errors in early church history; overviews four major reformation era protestant confessional standards; demonstrates the roles creeds and confessions play in Christian praise and spiritual growth; and concludes by highlighting how creeds and confessions regulate and balance healthy church life and structure.

What I liked.
I started reading this as a committed confessional. That said Trueman opened up various tangents that I found refreshing. It was good to be reminded of biblical examples of summary statements of biblical teaching, forms of sound words or confessions being encouraged upon the early church. The notion that a church or Christian who claims 'no creed but the Bible' is bound to revisit every theological and christological controversy of the early church, but without the terminologies and formulations which the church expressed in creedal and confessional standards should prove very daunting. So much of the effect of creeds is woven into Christianity that most Christians outside of the creedal tradition don't even recognise their effect. The chapter dealing with Confession As Praise is particularly practical as it seeks to remind us that the statement Jesus Is Lord is both confession and exultation, and, rather than being elements of formalism, creeds focus on God and his nature and works, which when rightly considered promote praise. 

What I'm not sure about.
Personally, the contrasting of creedal and confessional material in corporate worship with the content of songs was intriguing. I have to confess a preparedness to adopt and use songs based on our own congregational discernment, as do most churches these days. The concept that our songs are sung creeds or confessional statements is something that I'm thinking about as I select them and think about their role in our worship and what that means for our links with our denominational family. 
It would also be interesting to read expanded evaluation about the subject of rewriting or revising creeds or how contemporary formulations such as the one recently completed by scholars associated with the World Reformed Fellowship, or the Belhar Confession fit into contemporary church life.

The Creedal Imperative is an insightful introduction to the place of Creeds and Confessions in the life of the church for those who have not encountered such formulations, and a refreshing invitation for those of us committed to their use to ensure that their full value is realised in our church worship and life.

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  • Catalogue Code 353943
  • Product Code 9781433521904
  • ISBN 1433521903
  • EAN 9781433521904
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Confessions & Creeds
  • Publisher Crossway
  • Publication Date Sep 2012
  • Sales Rank #67275
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.255kg

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