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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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His polemic goes on to the use of historic creeds and confessions having the benefit of bein I will be re-reading and recommending this treatise on the need for historical creedal, confessional Christianity as a reference and an encouragement. It is within this discussion that his historical and pastoral experience is most evident.

I’ve read this book, and I imperwtive with you in regard to the anti-creedal nature of most evangelical churches. 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 eclectic hunger for tradition. He shows the benefits of the use of a creed in liturgy: De argumenten tegen belijdenissen in de kerk, vaak samen te vatten als ‘geen andere belijdenis dan de Bijbel, zijn niet alleen meer in lijn met de tijdsgeest dan mensen denken, maar gaan ook tegen de Bijbelse impwrative in en de aard van hoe de kerken in het verleden met de Bijbel zijn omgegaan.

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This whole chapter provides a wide variety of insightful reasons for incorporating creeds and confessions into a church. But within a church it bears an authority under Scripture, because it is a statement of what the church believes the Bible to teach. I especially enjoyed Chapter 5, “Confession as Praise”. Trueman resorts to extrabiblical history in order to explain a passage of Scripture. Are Christian creeds and confessions still relevent?

Finally, Trueman also points out how consumerism does the same thing. What more do they need to believe and to understand than the teenager who was converted last Sunday morning on his first visit to the church?

I’m right there with you, Doc.

The Creedal Imperative

Trueman is also convincing in his assertion that the past has something to teach us i. If the pastor is simply “teaching the Bible,” and there is no frame of reference by which the congregation can assess impertive teaching, then the possibility for abuse of power becomes much more real.


What else is Biblical Theology but the application of Darwinistic evolution to theology? This move is problematic for a number of reasons.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. I’m presuming from your response that you are sympathetic to Trueman’s arguments. He relates the history of the historic ecumenical creeds Nicea, Constantinople, Ephesusshowing them to be the defense of Biblical orthodoxy, not imperaive establishment or definition, the common and right perspective for any Protestant.

He is able to demonstrate that Creeds are not formulated to provide authority over the text, but as summaries of impeeative theology to help people apprehend the gospel better. I think that Trueman is really good at addressing some of the modern and postmodern qualms about confessionalism but he is less eloquent in addressing the concerns of Pietist critics. Carl Trueman makes a very good case for the holding to and use of creeds and confessions in churches and within denominations, and does so utterly convincingly for me.

Understood that it is a family decision, but I’m sold on the value of creeds and confessions, and Trueman’s book helped to get me there, and it has exposed non-creedal Christianity as highly unstable and preference-driven.

What I found was I either fell back on words or phrases that I heard stated by imperativw when I was growing up, or struggled to be concise and thorough.

Great book, opens up the idea of creeds and confessions to those of us that grew up in a “no creeds but the Bible” universe.

I might even find that some of the leaders in my church are not even believers, based on what they reveal in their responses. The Confession details the active and passive obedience of Christ, which is an improvement upon its absence in the WCF; the details the pactum salutis, in distinction of other reformed confessions.

There is another serious flaw that surfaces in the crwedal of the Three Forms of Unity. I think he is right about that and I am in agreement with his main points. It was a well written case for having something in writing about the beliefs of your church and not simply allowing what is actually believed to be the sole responsibility of the pastor to carry.


Jun 19, Thomas Fitzpatrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: He makes the important point that creeds develop as doctrinal controversies develop. This interaction reveals much of the individualistic attitudes that our culture holds regarding the church.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

That requires us not only to call ministers who are able to stretch us theologically; it also means we should fill the worship service with material that draws us on to maturity. How will the Israelites tell their children of the glory of Yahweh in the Exodus which creedzl saw with their eyes?

One only has to briefly reflect on the many modern attempts to creeal the Bible relevant” to see the how insightful his comments are; such attempts presuppose the Bible isn’t relevant and creefal be made so through our efforts. This overview contextualizes the classical protestant confessions in their political and geographical settings—indispensable for interpreting these documents.

He also goes on to describe the ecumenical councils and the formation of the early creeds. This would be a good book for seminary students, and Bible college students, as well as office bearers in the Church to read to understand the important place creeds have had in the history of the Church and their needed place today in the life of the Church.

He expounds on the historical and ba Trueman makes a compelling case for the necessity of creeds and confessions. The simplest way to see this in practice, is what is called the Analogy of Faith, summarized in the principle that Scripture interprets Scripture.

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Lists with This Book. I think this is a great book for exploring the nature of ecclesial authority and the history of theological reflection. Keep up the good work. Your email address will not be published.