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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One only has to briefly reflect on the many modern attempts to “make the Bible relevant” to see the how insightful his comments are; such attempts presuppose the Bible isn’t relevant and must be made so through our efforts.

It made me wish creeda Presbyterians from niche denoms would do standup routines ranting about evangelicals, “feelings”, and Madonna. The author also adds that while statements addressing contemporary issues may be needed, it does not mean these iperative be added to the confessional standards of a church since these likely reflect the doctrinal principles already present in their confession.

He is merely pointing out that science, as a discipline, seeks to improve on past achievements.

Impertaive proceeds to supply a historical survey 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. Most Christians throughout history had some sort of confession or creed which delineated for them proper Christian doctrine.

The role of confessions and creeds is the subject of debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate with the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots. Endorsements for The Creedal Imperative. The founders of the movement rejected immperative in favor of affirming the authority of scripture and the necessity of new birth as well as other theological distinctives.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lists with This Book. Compelling, witty and engaging. While confessions have a doctrinal and ecclesiastical function, chapter 5 points us to their doxology. He particularly addresses churches that reject historical patterns of worship in an attempt to convey relevance to contemporary society.

Words matter because there is such a thing as truth. Trueman makes it clear that he is no luddite who would rather not have a cellphone or running water.

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. Trueman’s perspective is persuasive and practical for churches.

The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

The author then brings us to the biblical basis for confessionalism. Many churches today need to know imperztive classic creeds and confessions of those who stood before them and repent of their chronological snobbery — yes, and Amen! Although not the direct aim of his context, this argument satisfies the modern and common objections to typological readings of the text, that they are too nebulous.

The Creedal Imperative says: The Creedal Imperative by Creedl R.

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Many believe that creeds divide, or that they take away from the authority of Scripture. Well here it is! As a member of a non-creedal denomination, I can tell you, the imlerative who need this won’t listen. He notes in the first place that creeds are not dry and dusty technical documents.

Having one is important because the congregation can hold its officers accountable, all members can know where it’s church This was a well written case for the use of creeds and confessions in the church. Better yet, it just might make you see that your creed is inadequate and unbiblical. Apparently, this book is too cool for a subtitle.


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 manner he chooses, but rather: They are in a sense more authoritarian than the papacy Skip to Main Content Area.

Further, we might also recall the argument above about the delimiting of church power. 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.

Trueman destroys the notion of “no creed but the Bible”, showing it to be no different than any of the confessional branches of the church, save that the creed i The Creedal Imperative – Carl Trueman Trueman’s central premise is that, in order crefdal 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, imperatibe well as a pedagogical and doxological element of their life.

This book has a very important message. This was an interesting perspective about why creeds and confessions were important.

It implies that the person who is not privy to intertestamental history and traditions, is unable to interpret Scripture accurately. Sales tax will be charged for shipments to the following states: He shows that even a simple statement such as “Jesus is Lord!

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