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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You mean there’s What? Check out my full book review here! Nor does it stop the masses from swallowing everything they say and obsequiously obeying orders. Published September 30th by Crossway Books first published September 13th Sales tax will be charged for shipments to the following states: Confessional Protestantism focuses itself on the Gospel and the Word of Imperatve and follows in the footsteps of the Reformers and their successors.

Sometimes, churches think they immperative “worldly” or “extra-biblical.

Every heretic has his text. Trueman makes the case that all churches and all people have a creed, whether they admit it or not. The resurgence of traditional forms and elements of worship such as liturgies and confessional statements necessitates careful theological and historical reflection on their continued usefulness to the worshiping community. Our author gives us much to think about, even for those who already subscribe to a confession.

While confessions have a doctrinal and ecclesiastical function, chapter 5 points us to their doxology.


The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman

Although credal 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.

Everyone has a creed, not everyone realizes it. And he does a good job of handling briefly wherein they differ from one another. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. At the least, it will help you understand why some of us place so much value on these ancient documents. Yes, wrong biblical concepts warrant revision, but awkward wording does not.

He deals with culture’s modern imperarive to these adherences, and makes imlerative compelling case for a biblical imperative. But on more than one occasion, Dr. Sep 28, Mark Lickliter rated it really liked it.

The Creedal Imperative

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.

One other obvious way we can press this issue credeal, of course, is to use the creeds in our liturgy. What we know about God affects our praise and worship.

It is a form of sound words, and omperative corporate recitation of the same reinforces it in our minds. Finally, he shows the deep relevance of creeds and confessions in the local church setting, perhaps the most helpful section of the book. He argues for the biblical imperative of the need for creeds and confessions.

He reminds us that confessions are primarily ecclesiastical documents, and thus any authoritative change can only be made in a corporate context. Either they give authority to creeds and confessions—public documents open to the scrutiny of the entire church, or they interpret scripture through some less defined, creedaal private theological grid.


I wonder if the problem is I wonder if the problem is not creeds per se, but the older creeds, like the Westminster or the Heidelberg. If this is true, or if Trueman really believes this, then the Canons of Dort are sectarian rubbish, the sooner forgotten, the better. More books by Carl Trueman.

Book Review: A Creedal Imperative

He is merely pointing out that science, as a discipline, seeks to improve on past achievements. They are documents that ought to provoke God’s people to worship and praise God. Nov 13, Calvin rated it it was amazing. As a member of a non-creedal denomination, I can tell you, the people who need this won’t listen. Him and Michael Horton are both professors and pastors. Carl Trueman has offered a volume that is worthy of study and application for individual believers, worship leaders, and congregations.

All of these in their different ways make the idea of doctrinal Christianity, expressed in creeds and confessions, both implausible and distasteful; and all of them are part of the cultural air we all breathe.

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