Book Review: The Creedal Imperative

The Creedal ImperativeThe Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trueman makes a compelling case for the necessity of creeds and confessions. He consistently reiterates the fact one may profess to hold to no creed but the bible, but that this is a misguided philosophy that merely demonstrates a flawed personal creed in and of itself. 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).

He expounds on the historical and basic contextual narratives of the classic creeds (Apostles, Seven Ecumenical Councils, Athanasian, Anglican Articles, The Book of Concord, The Three Forms of Unity, Westminster Standards, etc).

I found his explanation of The Rule to be very helpful. He demonstrates the way in which ancient church figures such as Tertullian, Irenaeus, and Ignatius sought to uphold the doctrinal standards of the teachings of the apostles by providing summaries of those beliefs. Thus, we see the significance of the use of creeds from the earliest years of the church.

You will find the same colorful portrayal of the historical setting in which the aforementioned creeds took place and their relevance today.

It is a growing trend to reject any notion of a creedal imperative, but Trueman is both defiant and faithful in his rejection of it.

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