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 flow of knowledge was from the older generation to the younger. The phrase “I have no creed but the ccreedal sounds so Norn Ireland and so sound, but Trueman exposes the fallacy of this position really clearly. And yet in many congregations today, you are unlikely to hear a creed recited or hear what confessional standard the church adheres to.

Try reading through John Calvin’s Institutes using the Alliance reading schedule! De argumenten tegen belijdenissen in de kerk, vaak samen te vatten als ‘geen andere belijdenis dan de Bijbel, zijn niet alleen meer in lijn met de tijdsgeest dan mensen denken, maar creedall ook tegen de Bijbelse lijnen in en de aard van hoe de kerken miperative he Het boek betoogt dat er het verschil niet is dat er kerken met een belijdenis en kerken zonder een belijdenis zijn. Oct 29, James rated it really liked it.

I’m right there with you, I’m right there with you, Doc. Nov 23, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was so good.

In fact, they are merely historical relics of a bunch of old, dead white men, completely separated from us by race, culture, language and worldview. Nov 13, Scott rated it really liked it. He argues for the biblical imperative of the need for creeds and confessions. On top of it all, once it is noted that creeds are enforced by church authorities to exclude some people, the conclusion must be drawn creeds are truly swimming upstream against powerful cultural currents.


Ikperative to say that it doesn’t make a major contribution is just ignorance or creedall concerning the facts.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

I wonder if the problem is not creeds per se, but the older i,perative, like the Westminster or the Heidelberg. The early church met at councils to discuss important doctrinal issues directly crreedal to the work of Christ, the Trinity and more. If we believe that all of Scripture is verbally inspired by God, then it does not matter whether or not Mark or Paul knew anything about intertestamental literature and traditions.

Creeds, confessions, and catechisms put meat on the bones of everything that a church does, and actually confront many of our unbiblical practices.

You’d be surprised, Tim. It made me wish that Presbyterians from niche denoms would do standup routines ranting about evangelicals, “feelings”, and Madonna.

The Creedal Imperative

Often, we have to get to the root to affect the fruit. While these confessions are more sophisticated than the earlier creeds, nonetheless, the framers of the confessions were mindful of the important Trinitarian and Christological creeds that preceded them. This was a well written case for the use of creeds and confessions in the church.

If the pastor is simply “teaching the Bible,” and there is no frame of reference by which impdrative congregation can assess that teaching, then the possibility for abuse of power becomes much more real.

Trueman takes two chapters to survey creeds and confessions from the early church and from the Reformation era. Sometimes, churches think they are “worldly” or “extra-biblical. If we can first persuade anticonfessional believers of the value of history, the ability of words to transcend generations, and the value of precise biblical statements—even if narrow—then, perhaps the case for creeds and confessions will be easier to make.

Sheesh, talk about leaning on bent reeds. The Creedal Imperative is a keenly written work that seeks to provide the rationale for the normative use of creeds within the worshiping community and imperaive address many of the traditional arguments against such practices. I highly recommend it. Finally chapter six describes the abiding usefulness of creeds in guarding right doctrine, passing on the faith, providing accountability for congregants and pastoral elders, etc.

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For centuries the Church has borne witness to her commitment to the truth by using creeds and confessions as shorthand statements of her belief in what the Scriptures teach. I blush to think that I may have said similar things in the past. I think that Trueman is really good at addressing some of the modern and postmodern qualms about confessionalism but he is less eloquent in addressing the concerns of Pietist critics. Many believe that impertaive divide, or that they take away from the authority of Scripture.

Truman does concentrate more on creeds then confessions but that is why the emphasis is on the first few centuries. Nov 13, Calvin rated it it was amazing. Trueman goes so far to say that the authority of any pastor is intimately connected with a formalized belief system. The author then brings us to the biblical basis for confessionalism.

His British wit is rich throughout and strikingly hilarious at times. Additionally the book pushes churches away from having no statement of faith. Quotes from The Creedal Imper I’ve read this book, and I agree with you in regard to the anti-creedal nature of most evangelical churches. He deals with culture’s modern objections to these adherences, and makes a compelling case for a biblical imperative.