The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes - Vol. 2

The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes - Vol. 2

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The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes - Vol. 2

The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes - Vol. 2

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The Bible is the Word of God to man; the Creed is man's answer to God. The Bible reveals the truth in the popular form of life and fact; the Creed states the truth in the logical form of doctrine. The Bible is to be believed and obeyed; the Creed is to be professed and taught. Hence we find few traces of creeds in the Bible.

In the present edition I have added, at the close of this volume, an important document--namely, the Encyclical Letter of Pope Leo XIII., on the Christian constitution and government of States. It is closely connected with the famous Syllabus of his predecessor, Plus IX. (vol. II. pp. 213-233), and sets forth more fully the papal or mediæval theory of the relation between Church and State.

PHILIP SCHAFF.

NEW YORK, December, 1889.

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