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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Notify me of new posts by email. The title of this book reveals its thesis. He demonstrates that scripture has creedal statements within it, and from the earliest days of the church, they have been used to summarize the essentials of the faith.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

On top of it all, once it is noted that creeds are enforced by church authorities to exclude some people, the con The crewdal of this book reveals its thesis. The Creedal Imperative – Carl Trueman Trueman’s central premise is that, in order to obey the Biblical commandment regarding the transmission of the tradition of faith and doctrine, churches must adopt both creeds and confessions, both as a norming factor of ecclesial life, as well as a pedagogical and doxological element of their life.

In centuries past, sons learned a trade from their father and girls learned skills from their mother. And he does a good job of handling briefly wherein they differ from one another.

It has certainly strengthened my resolve and enlarged my affection for the great creeds and confessions that have been faithfully handed down to the church. But further than that, they help church leaders demonstrate to their congregation the fulness of the Christian faith:.

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.


Trueman proceeds to supply a historical imlerative of the historic creeds of Christianity beginning with the Apostles Creed, through Nicea and Chalcedon, and finally highlighting the major Reformed doctrinal statements, including the Heidelberg Catechism and Westminster Confession. Your email address will not be published. The simplest way to see this in practice, is what is called the Analogy of Faith, summarized in the principle that Scripture interprets Scripture.

By reciting the Nicene Creed together on a Sunday, we remind each other of the identity of God in Trinitarian terms. Het pleidooi van Trueman laat goed voelen waarom het eigenlijk vanzelfsprekend is om confessies te hebben als je een kerk bent die zichzelf serieus neemt.

Or do we want to set before them a more ambitious aspiration, something which comes closer to articulating the whole counsel of God? Dec 22, John Weis rated it it was amazing Shelves: If the standard level of what is done in a worship service is set at that which the newest, least informed Christian can understand, we are doomed to remain forever in spiritual infancy. So to say that creedao doesn’t make a major contribution is just ignorance or unrealistic concerning the facts.

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Trueman also draws on Paul’s instruction to Timothy in his work as an elder, that he can not simply communicate the mysteries of the faith in any crredal he chooses, but rather: Trueman does an excellent job of vindicating creeds and confessions from the ludicrous charge of usurping authority over Scripture. Creeds remain imperative for healthy churches. The first factor that does this is science.

He goes on to reference the King James Version’s translation of the same as “the form of sound words”, this becoming his locus classicus or touchstone for his argument throughout the book. Trueman helps the modern churchman to see that every church has a creed or confession that guides her doctrinal understandings and polity. Maybe there’s something to that. I could not put it down except imperqtive to pick up my Trueman makes it clear that he is no luddite who would rather not have a cellphone or running water.


Although his arguments from omperative exegesis may not be overwhelmingly convincing, he succeeds in justifying the use of creeds through a layering of several types of evidence and benefits. What if “No creed but the Bible” is unbiblical?

So also, anticonfessionalism does not just exist; there are reasons for it, and the author offers biblical thinking to replace these cultural influences. Confessional Protestantism focuses itself on the Gospel and the Word of God and follows in the footsteps of the Reformers and their successors.

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And though our culture rejects authorities, the Scripture establishes a church with authority structures. Now, you’d be upset that this skinny jean, contemporary worshipping, craft beer loving clearly”New Testament church” abiding pretty young thing just compared you to a craft beer, but it’s indelibly true.

I did not grow up in the church nor did I ever attend a long in existence traditional church with a history of ministerial practice. Advocating for a balanced perspective, Carl Trueman offers an analysis of why creeds and confessions are necessary, how they have developed over time, and how they ca What if “No creed creedla the Bible” is unbiblical? And consumerism had made us utilitarians.

I know that this sounds harsh, but in a lot of cases I suspect it is very true. Aimee, I’ve read a few of Aimee, I’ve read a few of your posts here and elsewhere, and appreciate what you have to say from the view of the layperson.

Words matter because there is such a thing as truth. He points out that as soon as you ask someone what the Bible is about, they answer with a summation of their belief, a creed.