Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith

Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith

Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith

Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith

Synopsis

The Nicene Creed gives a powerful summary of Christian faith, which distinguishes between the teachings that are essential, core truths and those of secondary importance. This book provides clues for interpreting the Nicene Creed in the 21st century. It draws on analogies from graphic art, architecture, poetry, sculpture and psychological and personality theory. It is written by a respected Christian thinker and communicator.

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For Whom

This book is for those who would like to be reminded of what they are standing for when they recite the Nicene Creed and would welcome help in distinguishing the few essentials of the faith from the numerous matters of relative indifference.

It happens that men and women are elected to this or that office in a congregation. They take their vows seriously. They feel the need to reexamine what they are affirming — and what they do not have to agree with — in taking on this responsibility. That happens, for example, when someone is being baptized. The godparents, parent or parents, and the whole congregation are making promises to nurture another in the faith. Over coffee after the service, one often hears such comments as “I am glad to help. But, you know, many times I really don’t feel I have a clue about what I mean when I use some of the words of the creed!”

This short treatment of the creed intends to offer some clues for being startled afresh by the depth and beauty of certain affirmations — and for letting go with a good conscience things that do not belong to the cost of discipleship. I make no pretense to be exhaustive in my treatment of any single portion of the creed’s distil-

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