Conversations With The Confessions

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Fourteen Presbyterian scholars enter into conversations with the confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and examine the major theological themes that make the confessions such foundational commitments of faith. This collection of insightful essays provides readers with a clear understanding of the confessions from different periods of the church's life. These conversations with the confessions found in the PC(USA)'s Book of Confessions include some illuminating commentary on why they were written and ...

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Overview

Fourteen Presbyterian scholars enter into conversations with the confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and examine the major theological themes that make the confessions such foundational commitments of faith. This collection of insightful essays provides readers with a clear understanding of the confessions from different periods of the church's life. These conversations with the confessions found in the PC(USA)'s Book of Confessions include some illuminating commentary on why they were written and demonstrate how they can be used to address major theological issues. This important work will help scholars, pastors, and church leaders interested in studying the Reformed tradition appreciate the role of the confessions in shaping Christian life and faith today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664502485
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 7/4/2005
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Joseph D. Small is Associate Director of the Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is the editor of Fire and Wind: The Holy Spirit in the Church Today, published by WJK.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The church's conversation with the confessions 1
2 A conversation with the ecumenical creeds 17
3 A conversation with the Reformation confessions 33
4 A conversation with the Westminster standards 51
5 A conversation with twentieth-century confessions 69
6 Who is God? 93
7 Who are we? 111
8 What does God have to do with us? 121
9 What do we have to do with each other? 135
10 Why the church? 151
11 Why the Bible? 171
12 How shall we worship? 187
13 How shall we live? 207
14 Essential tenets? 223
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