Apostles Creed Wikipedia The Apostles Creed Latin Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum , sometimes entitled the Apostolic Creed or the Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement The Apostles Creed The basic creed of Reformed churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles Creed It has received this title because of its great antiquity it dates CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA Apostles Creed A formula containing in brief statements, or articles, the fundamental tenets of Christian belief, and having for its authors, according to tradition, the Twelve Apostles Creed Traditional and Ecumenical Traditional Version I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, The Reformation Wall Monument in Geneva Reformation Wall Mur des Rformateurs is the international monument to the Reformation the great leaders of the Christian Reformation The monument is located in What is the Apostles Creed GotQuestions What is the Apostles Creed Was the Apostles Creed written by Jesus Apostles Are there any doctrinal problems with the Apostles Creed Anglicans Online The Apostles Creed I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord He was conceived by the power of the Holy Apostles Wikipedia In Christian theology and ecclesiology, the apostles Greek , translit apstolos, lit one who is sent away , particularly the Twelve Apostles What is the Apostles Creed Billy Graham The Apostles Creed, though not written by the apostles, is the oldest creed of the Christian church and is the basis for others that followed. Ecumenical Christian Creeds CRI Voice The three earliest and most widely used Creeds of the Christian Church, also called the Ecumenical Creeds the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian...
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The Apostles Creed in Light of Today's Questions Reviews
This delightful and small little book is a succinct and challenging read that not only opens up new readings of the Apostles’ Creed but also serves as an excellent introduction of the theological work of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Pannenberg stands as one of the great theologians of the later 20th century and is well worth reading.As for this work, the qualifying statement of the title says it all: this book is an exposition of the Apostles’ Creed “in light of today’s questions.” As such, it does not seek to explain what the Apostles Creed meant (if that can be ascertained with any certainty) but what it means today. Paradoxically, Pannenberg’s attempts to shed light on the Creed for today by exploring historical interpretation of the various articles is one of the highlights of the book. In doing so, the Creed is more than an ahistorical document without grounding then and there or here and now. Instead, as a historical document grounded in God’s history and the history of faith, the Christian expression of the gospel moves beyond existentialist interpretation to a witness to the God of history revealed through history.A second strength of this work is the chapter on the Holy Spirit. In the Apostle’s Creed, discussion of the Holy Spirit is brief – “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” As such, Pannenberg pulls from the other great ecumenical creed of the patristic era – the Nicean-Constantinople Creed of 381 which describes the Holy Spirit as “the Lord, the giver of life.” Using the Old Testament as support the Holy Spirit is the life-giving personal force of the triune God. One way this is expressed is through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and appropriated by the people of God. Pannenberg interprets Paul in such a way that the “spiritual body” of 1 Corinthians 15 (the great chapter on the resurrection of the dead) as “the unique nature of the resurrection life…a life which remains bound to the divine origin of life and which is therefore not delivered over to death but is everlasting, immortal.” So rather than entering into debates about a dichotomous or trichotomous nature of humanity – the spiritual body refers to the work of the Holy Spirit, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, passes the body from death to life.Ultimately though one’s pleasure in Pannenberg is tied to how much one subscribes to his doctrine of revelation. For Pannenberg God is known through history and is fully revealed in the eschaton. Thus, revelation or supra-natural knowledge of God is known only eschatalogically. Consider: “God creates the world in the light of its latter end, because it is only the end which decides the meaning of the things and beings with which we have to do in the present. All the chances of history therefore devolve upon any given present from their ultimate future, which is, as it were, the ‘place’ of divine creation.” While Pannenberg (and also Moltmann who has a similar program although in a different form) should be commended for drawing the theologian’s eyes to the hopes and promises of God’s future, one wonders whether Pannenberg as underestimated the definitive nature of the revelation of God through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. While there is an eschatological nature to the revelation of God in Jesus Christ (i.e. the final consummation of the Kingdom) that reality moves outward from the definitive and objective work in Jesus Christ.However, Pannenberg is consistent in his theological method. Even the “forgiveness of sins” is understood eschatalogically: “Anyone who accepts Jesus as the proclaimer of the rule of God is free from the burden of the past which closes the future of life for him. The forgiveness of sins is, therefore, the consequence of trust in the future of the living God…the forgiveness of sins confers freedom for a complete affirmation of the present moment, of which only the man who can be certain of a fulfilled future is capable.” This begs the question – to what extent is the atoning work of Jesus Christ fulfilled then and there and here and now. It seems to me that Jesus’ cry of “It is finished” suggests a finality of the atoning work of Jesus Christ who found vindication in God’s raising him from the dead. To suggest the forgiveness of sins as a condition of an eschatological hope downplays the finality of Christ’s atoning work.Overall, this is a wonderful book and well worth the read. I might add that it is instructional and illuminative to read this book simultaneously with Karl Barth’s “Dogmatics in Outline”, which also expounds on the Apostles Creed. In doing so, one better notices the distinct contours of each mans theological work.
Pannenberg is sometimes difficult to follow in that his use of language does not always flow in English. Once you get familar with his style, however, it comes easier. This book is no exception. The first few chapters are difficult to follow but once you get into his treatment of the heart of the creed itself, he shines. His ideas regarding the incarnation and the preexistence of Christ, the resurrection and the church are extremely balanced between a historical and modern approach. He breathes new life into the creed that so many of us recite weekly in our worship services. I will definitely be reminded of much of what Pannenberg says about the creed when I encounter it again in worship. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to explore the fundamentals of a Christian faith based upon this historical creed.
Although purported to be written in a prose that is accessible to the interested layman, this takes some concentration and effort to stay with. The result is worth it, though. Perhaps most interesting is his take on the resurrection of Jesus in chapter 4, since it is a useful introduction to one of his central ideas, namely that it was a prolepsis of the Christian hope. This is also indicative of his entire approach, which is that the credo does not have to be defended in the terms in which it perhaps was understood in the fourth or sixteenth century, but is worth reflecting anew in terms of contemporary questions and objections (in this case, primarily those of post WW2 Europeans). Recommended to anyone looking to grapple with the Apostolic Creed.
I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand theology in light of modern and post-modern issues. The book is organized such that theological subjects are addressed in the order that their expressed in the Apostles Creed. East to read for anyone. Very insightful and thought provoking.