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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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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I loved this book. Trueman makes a compelling case for the necessity of creeds and confessions. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Furthermore, contemporary culture doubts that the capacity of words to stably bear meaning.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. The Canons anathematize i. Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but closer to 4 than 3.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

Does that mean they have nothing written down about their basic beliefs? Many You’d be surprised, Tim. Whether it is true or not, is irrelevant. Simply put, i,perative someone asks you what does it mean to be a christian, you are not going to begin reading in Genesis 1 and continue uninterrupted until the end of Revelation.

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Ancient creeds, hymns, writings actually have something to say to Millennials and beyond. Refresh and try again. His British wit is rich throughout and strikingly hilarious at times. The entire work was fantastic, though it was quite repetitive, which some readers would dislike, but a fact that I deeply enjoyed, as it helped train this reader on the essentials of the argument.


Trueman destroys 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 is just not written down. Aug 11, Josiah rated it really liked it Shelves: But on more than one occasion, Dr. As a member of a non-creedal denomination, I can tell you, the people who need this won’t listen.

I wonder imoerative the problem is not creeds per se, but the older creeds, like the Westminster or the Heidelberg. Trueman’s perspective is persuasive and practical for churches.

The Creedal Imperative

Your email address will not be published. What vision do we wish to give to our people, from the most recent convert to the long-established church member? Thus, we see the significance of the use of creeds from the earliest years of the church. Trueman also draws on Paul’s instruction to Timothy in his work as an elder, that he can not simply communicate the mysteries of the faith in any manner he chooses, but rather:. If you are like I was, and think that there is no need for creeds, please try and summarize your beliefs and convictions concisely.

It might surprise some that the first of these concluding chapters makes the case for the confessions as doxological documents whose pro This is a great book.

Trueman proceeds to supply a historical survey of the historic creeds of Christianity beginning with the Apostles Creed, through Nicea and Chalcedon, and finally highlighting the major Reformed doctrinal statements, including the Heidelberg Catechism and Westminster Confession. I did not grow up in the church nor did I ever attend a long in existence traditional church with a history of ministerial practice.


If they are theological documents which have symbolic status, and they only have such status due to political maneuvering, then why should they be binding at all? Books by Carl R.

And though our culture rejects authorities, the Scripture establishes a church with authority structures. 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. If the standard level of what is done in a worship service is set at that which the newest, least informed Christian crredal understand, we are doomed to remain forever in spiritual infancy.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

The founders of the movement rejected confessionalism in favor of affirming the authority of scripture and the necessity of new birth as well as other theological distinctives. What I found was I either fell back on words or phrases that I heard stated by someone when I was growing up, or struggled to be creedall and thorough. Simply an excellent book that is a must read for every self-respecting Christian theologian and lay-man.