Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostles' Creed

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Roger van Harn
A&C Black, Nov 15, 2004 - Religion - 318 pages
No preacher should send his or her congregants home from worship with their heads hurting, but there is a growing sense that the Church could benefit these days from a revival of doctrinal preaching, the fundamentals of Christian belief. Where better to start than the Apostles's Creed. It was this conviction that brought together a group of the most outstanding theologians and preachers from the English speaking world to write this book. They include the Regius Professor of Divinity in The University of Cambridge (David Ford), the great and hugely lamented Professor Colin Gunton, Professor Frances Young from Birmingham and the Dean of King's College, London, Dr Richard Burridge. The authors are from different denominations and include Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and people from the United Reformed Church. The Apostles' Creed was chosen as the basis of this book because of its narrative structure, confessional character, liturgical familiarity and ecumenical appeal. It was formulated and adopted as doctrine at The Council of Nicea for the Universal Church. Anchoring doctrinal reflection on this historic creed can focus our faith and restrain our eccentric tendencies. Each chapter includes an essay and a sermon to assist exploration and proclamation of the Creed. The authors identify biblical sources, trace how the doctrine was perceived and interpreted in Christian history and reflects theologically on the confession for our turbulent times. As one of the contributors has written 'Before they counsel, instruct, warn or comfort, preachers must proclaim'
 

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Contents

Credo in deum patrem in lesum Christum et in Spiritum sanctum
1
Credo in deum patrem omnipotentem
20
Creatorem coeli et terrae
38
Et in Iesum Christum filium eius unicum dominum nostrum
55
Qui conceptus est de Spiritu sancto natus ex Maria virgine
79
Passus sub Pontio Pilato crucifixus mortuus et sepultus
99
Descendit ad inferna
117
Tertia die resurrexit a mortuis
136
Ascendit ad coelos sedet ad dexteram dei patris omnipotentis
161
Inde venturus est iudicare vivus et mortuos
178
Credo in Spiritum sanctum
197
Sanctam ecclesiam catholicam sanctorum communionem
219
Remissionem peccatorum
240
Carnis resurrectionem
260
Et vitam aeternam
279
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