Generally speaking, I try to read anything Carl Trueman writes. Overview In his brief introduction, Trueman sums up his overall case: I want to argue that creeds and confessions are thoroughly consistent with the belief that Scripture alone is the unique source of revelation and authority Actually, just kidding. Trueman would never spend a whole book just to argue something like that.
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Generally speaking, I try to read anything Carl Trueman writes. Overview In his brief introduction, Trueman sums up his overall case: I want to argue that creeds and confessions are thoroughly consistent with the belief that Scripture alone is the unique source of revelation and authority Actually, just kidding. Trueman would never spend a whole book just to argue something like that. No, in order to accomplish this, Trueman starts in chapter 1 by treating the cultural argument against creedalism.
He then spends the rest of the chapter fleshing out in turn how modern life undermines each of these presuppositions. In chapter 2, Trueman takes a positive turn, and rather than explaining why people are averse to creeds, he begins building his case for them. Ultimately he concludes that there is a biblical precedent for not just passing on sound doctrine itself, but the pattern or specific way of speaking of such doctrine.
First in the early church chapter 3 and then the classical Christian creeds chapter 4. Here Trueman is doing what he does best: historical exposition.
In about 50 pages, Trueman gives a thorough, but precise overview of the development of the majors creeds within the Christian church.
Even apart from the larger argument of the book, there is much to be gleaned here. It is probably one could write a whole book just expanding his final chapter and the list above would make the table of contents. I think Trueman does a good job of dismantling this claim as both untrue and unhelpful when it comes to how we formulate doctrine in the life of the church.
I had a little difficulty though seeing how the book was addressing more than this particular audience. Much of this is in virtue of being part of a church that is in the Acts 29 network, which while not a denomination per se, more or less functions like one.
That aside, Trueman presents a very strong case for his position and as always, does so in an engaging, lively way. I think, after reading his book, that every local church should at the bare minimum adhere to one of the oldest Christian creeds.
Non-denominational churches may balk at adopting at more recent creed or confession, but I think many of the problems that come with being part of a non-denominational church could be traced back to this position.
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Value: 5 Meets Expectations: 5 Within the world of evangelical Protestantism, creeds have fallen on hard times. They are old, irrelevant, and go into way too much detail about non-essential doctrinal points that just cause conflict. Therefore, it is a massively difficult task that Carl Trueman has taken on in "The Creedal Imperative", making the case that not only are creeds helpful, but also essential to the life of the church. For many people, the whole idea of creeds conjures up words like "dry," "dusty," and "academic" but Trueman does a brilliant job of making his case for creeds readable and understandable for those who are not familiar with them, and are not sure whether they should be.
The Creedal Imperative (In Review)
Shelves: ministry , theology , church-history This book is a must read for all Christians, regardless of theological point-of-view. Trueman highlights the necessity of churches being honest about what they believe, in other words that "No Creed But the Bible" is in itself a creed. While this book could have been better longer and more in-depth explanations on some key points it fills a necessary and much overlooked niche in current Christian writing. Jan 26, Andy rated it liked it This book has a very important message. Creeds and Confessions are not mere meaningless tradition, but safeguards of truth. Trueman repeatedly brings his reader back to the Biblical injunctions to hold fast to the traditions handed to us, and keep the form of sounds words. Truth is not emotion; it is verbal.
Carl Trueman, The Creedal Imperative. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, It is a statement that has a noble and pious ring, but it is ultimately false. Trueman aptly points out that everyone has a creed and confession; everyone holds to a particular summary and synthesis of what the Bible teaches