Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 186 pages
The Nicene Creed's powerful summary of Christian faith has stood the test of time, embodying core truths and distinguishing essential Christian teachings from those of lesser importance. As respected thinker and educator David Willis explores the Nicene Creed in this new book, he provides clues for meaningfully interpreting this most ecumenical of church creeds in the twenty-first century.

Writing especially for educated laypeople, advanced students, and theological educators, Willis eloquently links the ancient creed to life today. As he points out, faith is constantly taking different shapes within broad boundaries like the creed's perennial truths, and even these truths need to be reinterpreted in each age to keep them intelligible and compelling. Willis admirably achieves this task for our day by elucidating the creed's statement of faith with analogies drawn from such diverse areas as architecture, graphic art, poetry, sculpture, and psychological theory.

Those seeking to delve into the creed or to deepen a lifelong encounter with it will be enriched by Willis's reflections.

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The Earthiness of the Creed
What Believing Means
The Point of Creation
The Person of Christ
The Work of Christ
God the Holy Spirit
The Mystical Body
The Future of Forgiveness

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Page 148 - And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots : and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord...
Page 36 - Pied Beauty Glory be to God for dappled things — For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough; 5 And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
Page 104 - Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Page 58 - We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Page 102 - The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed.
Page 64 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
Page 41 - John what things ye have seen and heard : the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good tidings preached to them : and blessed is he whosoever shall find none occasion of stumbling in Me.
Page 128 - And we most humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in...

About the author (2005)

David Willis (1932 - 2014) was Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and editor of the Studies in Reformed Theology and History series. He was also the author of Notes on the Holiness of God (Eerdmans).

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