The creed : what Christians believe and why it matters / Luke Timothy Johnson.Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004, c2003Edition: 1st Image Books ed.Description: viii, 324 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0385502486; 9780385502481.Subject(s): Nicene Creed | Catholic Church -- Creeds -- History and criticismLOC classification: BT999 | .J64 2004
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Origins and development -- What the creed is and what it does -- We believe in one God -- And in one Lord Jesus Christ -- Who for us ... became human -- He ascended ... and will come again -- We believe ... in the Holy Spirit -- One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church -- Creedal Christianity.
This fully accessible exploration of the creed, the list of beliefs central to the Christian faith, delves into its origins and illuminates the contemporary significance of why it still matters. During services in Christian communities, the members of the congregation stand together to recite the creed, professing in unison the beliefs they share. For most Christians, the creed functions as a sort of 'ABC' of what it means to be a Christian and to be part of a worldwide movement. Few people, however, know the source of this litany of beliefs, a topic that is further confused by the fact that there are two different versions: the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed. In The creed, Luke Timothy Johnson, a New Testament scholar and Catholic theologian, clarifies the history of the creed, discussing its evolution from the first decades of the Christian Church to the present day. By connecting the deep theological conflicts of the early Church with the conflicts and questions facing Christians today, Johnson shows that faith is a dynamic process, not based on a static set of rules.