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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The Creedal Imperative

Trueman’s perspective is persuasive and practical for churches. Each settled matter would then bring a new set impertaive issues for discussion, ultimately leading to creedal formulation. Every heretic has his text. 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.

Book Review: A Creedal Imperative

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So to say that it doesn’t make a major contribution is just ignorance or unrealistic concerning the facts. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has authored or edited more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Imoerative Carl R. You’d be surprised, Tim.

Creeds have long played an important part in the history of the Church. To do this, churches must explain what they believe the Bible does and does not teach. Aimee, I’ve read a few of your posts here and elsewhere, and appreciate what you have to say from the creddal of the layperson.


The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

It might surprise some that the first of these concluding chapters makes the case for the confessions as doxological documents whose pro This is a great book. Whether it is true or not, is irrelevant. 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. Nor does it stop the masses from swallowing everything they say and obsequiously obeying orders.

This makes it quite easy to believe that everything about the present is better than everything about the past. If they are theological documents which have symbolic status, and they only have such status due to political maneuvering, then why should they be binding at all? The Creedal Imperative, by Carl R. And yet in many congregations today, you are unlikely to hear a creed recited or hear what confessional standard the Most Christians throughout history had some sort of confession or creed which delineated for them proper Christian doctrine.

That is plain, old-fashioned Gnosticism. Trueman concludes the work by highlighting the practical benefits of creeds and confessions.

What if “No creed credal the Bible” is unbiblical? This is an outright denial of the Protestant doctrine of Inspiration. I would certainly rate the book much higher were it not for these deeply troubling issues.

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Trueman makes the case that all churches and all people have a creed, whether they admit it or not. In it, Trueman proves his case of the creedal imperative.


The focus of the books is on what are considered the 7 ecumenical councils and the creeds that they generated, as well as the apostles creed, and the impreative protestant confessions that came out of the reformation. Feb 27, Matt Crawford imperattive it it was amazing.

There have also been numerous other creeds, confessions and hymns which declared what Christians believed.

May 27, Dom Silla rated it it was amazing Shelves: November 14, at 3: Sep 02, Noel Burke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet take it a step further and ask them a few more detailed questions about what the Bible teaches, who God is and what He is like, and how a person is saved, and what the church exists for, and you will get a wide variety of answers that may contradict each other.

Trueman makes a compelling case for the necessity of creeds and imperatiev. He writes primarily for evangelicals who are not particularly confessional in their thinking yet who belong to confessional churches – Baptists, independents, etc.

It has certainly strengthened my resolve and enlarged my affection for the great creeds and confessions that have miperative faithfully handed down to the church.

They give imperatjve a tried and true vocabulary to help the church teach what is orthodox.