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The Apostles' Creed is an expression of Christian theology in a period of creative and fascinating debate. The Creed is not simply a dogmatic, static and cryptic symbol of Christian faith, but, on the contrary, a lively narrative that can still inspire imagination, critical reflection and faith. A challenge is issued to both those who have a literal interpretation of the Creed, and those who dismiss it as an incomprehensible relic of the past. The ancient debates that led to the formulation of the twelve pronouncements of the Apostles' Creed are raised. The richness of early Christian thought is fore-grounded by looking at the ideas behind each credal pronouncement, tracing the most important Christian theological debates that inspired each statement. Early Christian theology is not treated as 'unanimous', but as pluralistic. The polyphony of theologian opinion which characterized the Christianity of this period is therefore highlighted and celebrated. In explaining the context that gave birth to the Creed, this study refers to the testimony of various 'witnesses' of those theological arguments. This includes opponents of the Apostolic and Church Fathers: the Gnostics, 'heretics', Jewish and pagan critics of Christian faith. Read more... Content: I believe in God -- The Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth -- And in Jesus Christ, his Only Son our Lord -- Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary -- Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried -- He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead -- He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty -- From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead -- I believe in the Holy Spirit -- The holy catholic church (the communion of saints) -- The forgiveness of sins -- The resurrection of the flesh -- And eternal life; amen. Abstract: The Creed is not simply a dogmatic, static and cryptic symbol of Christian faith, but, on the contrary, a lively narrative that can still inspire imagination, critical reflection and faith. In explaining the context that gave birth to the Creed, this study refers to the testimony of various 'witnesses' of those theological arguments. Read more...
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