Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition / Edition 1

Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition / Edition 1

by Jaroslav Pelikan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109741

ISBN-13: 9780300109740

Pub. Date: 12/12/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

One of the world’s leading theologians offers important insights into the history and significance of Christian creeds.

“A work of keen insight, great learning, and ecumenical generosity.”—Robert Louis Wilken, First Things

“[Pelikan’s] book is learned, indeed massively so, yet because of the lucidity of its prose it is

Overview

One of the world’s leading theologians offers important insights into the history and significance of Christian creeds.

“A work of keen insight, great learning, and ecumenical generosity.”—Robert Louis Wilken, First Things

“[Pelikan’s] book is learned, indeed massively so, yet because of the lucidity of its prose it is accessible to the general reader.”—Luke Timothy Johnson,Washington Post Book World

“Indispensable. . . . An achievement unlikely to be surpassed.”—Donald K.McKim, Theological Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109740
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/12/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
1,085,047
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................xi
Abbreviations for Creeds and Confessions....................xvii
Editions, Collections, and Reference Works....................xlv
I. Definition of Creed and Confession....................1
1. Continuity and Change in Creeds and Confessions....................7
1.1. Continuity versus Change in the Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils....................9
1.2. Patristic Thought on Continuity and Change....................18
1.3. The Doctrine of the Trinity as Example of Continuity and of Change....................22
1.4. The Person of Christ as Exemplar of Continuity and of Change....................29
1.5. Change and the "Passing" of Creeds....................31
2. The Creedal and Confessional Imperative....................35
2.1. Believing and Confessing....................37
2.2. Faith Defined....................43
2.3. Confessing the Faith....................53
2.4. The Content of the Confession....................59
3. Confession of the Faith as Doctrine....................64
3.1. The Teaching of the Church....................66
3.2. "The Sum of Doctrine"....................71
3.3. "Doctrines" and Doctrine....................78
3.4. Doctrine as Dogma....................88
4. Faith and Order....................93
4.1. Apostolic Creed and Apostolic Ministry....................100
4.2. Doctrines of Church Order East and West....................104
4.3. Polity as Doctrine in the Reformed Confessions....................107
4.4. Faith and Order in the Ecumenical Confessional Dialogue....................114
II. The Genesis of Creeds andConfessions....................123
5. Scripture, Tradition, and Creed....................127
5.1. Creeds in Scripture....................130
5.2. Scripture in the Creeds and Confessions....................136
5.3. The Confessions and the Problem of the Canon....................139
5.4. Confessional Rules of Biblical Hermeneutics....................142
6. The Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Faith....................158
6.1. The Lord's Prayer in the Confessions....................161
6.2. Lex orandi lex credendi....................166
6.3. The Place of Creed in Liturgy....................178
6.4. Councils and Confessions on Worship....................181
7. Formulas of Concord-And of Discord....................186
7.1. Creedal Anathema and Polemics....................189
7.2. Direct and Indirect Censures....................195
7.3. Creeds and Confessions as Instruments of Concord....................199
7.4. The Holy Spirit of Concord and the Sacrament of Concord: Two Ironic Case Histories....................205
8. The Formation of Confessions and the Politics of Religion....................216
8.1. Confessing as a Political Act....................218
8.2. Civil Law on Adherence to Creeds....................225
8.3. Confessions and the Formation of Politics....................229
8.4. The Politics of Confessional Diversity....................241
III. The Authority of Creeds and Confessions....................245
9. Creedal Dogma as Church Law....................249
9.1. Creedal Formulation as Enactment....................252
9.2. Reception of Creeds, Councils, and Confessions as Ratification....................255
9.3. The Enforcement of Orthodoxy....................261
9.4. Confessional Subscription as Legal Compliance....................264
9.5. Rules of Confessional Hermeneutics....................273
10. Deeds, Not Creeds?....................278
10.1. Doctrines of Christian Discipline in the Reformation Confessions....................280
10.2. Heresy and/or Schism....................288
10.3. Orthodoxy and Asceticism....................293
10.4. Christian Love the Presupposition for Christian Confession....................300
10.5. A Modern Secular Parallel....................304
11. Transmission of Creeds and Confessions to Other Cultures....................306
11.1. Cultus, Code, and Creed Across Cultural Boundaries....................309
11.2. The Fate of Creeds in Missions and Migrations....................318
11.3. Patterns of Creedal Indigenization....................323
11.4. The Paradigm: Shema to Homoousios....................330
12. The Orthodoxy of the Body of the Faithful....................336
12.1. What Did the Laity Believe, Teach, and Confess?....................340
12.2. Popular Religion, the Rule of Prayer, and Tradition....................345
12.3. Conformity by the People of the Church to Civil and Creedal Law....................353
12.4. Code, Creed, and Folk Culture....................359
IV. The History of Creeds and Confessions....................365
13. Rules of Faith in the Early Church....................369
13.1. The Primal Creed....................374
13.2. The Kerygma and Baptismal Symbols....................377
13.3. The Deposit of the Faith, Evangelism, and Apologetics....................383
13.4. Didache, Catechesis, and Formulas of Exorcism....................388
13.5. Prescribed Forms of Praying and of Confessing....................393
14. Affirmations of Faith in Eastern Orthodoxy....................397
14.1. The Ambivalence of the Orthodox Church Toward "Symbolical Books"....................399
14.2. The Liturgy as the Church's Preeminent Confession of the Faith....................405
14.3. The Sacred Tradition of the Seven Ecumenical Councils....................413
14.4. The Eastern Confessions as Equal and Opposite Reactions....................419
15. Professions of Faith in the Medieval West....................427
15.1. The Western Reception of the Catholic Creedal and Conciliar Tradition....................428
15.2. The Confessionalization of Western Sacramental Doctrine....................437
15.3. Scholastic Theology as Reasoning on the Basis of the Creed....................444
15.4. The Rise of Ecclesiological Confessions in the Later Middle Ages....................449
16. Confessions of Faith in the Reformation Era....................457
16.1. The Proliferation of Confessions in the Age of the Reformation....................460
16.2. Lutheran, Reformed, Roman Catholic, and Radical "Confessionalisms"....................466
16.3. Catholic Substance and Protestant Principle in Reformation Confessions....................472
16.4. From Reformation Confessions to Confessional Scholasticism....................480
17. Statements of Faith in Modern Christianity....................486
17.1. The Discomfort with Creed Caused by the Consciousness of Modernity....................488
17.2. Old and New Contexts of Christian Confessing....................497
17.3. The Flowering of Creedal and Confessional Scholarship in the Modern Era....................505
17.4. In Light of Their History, Do Creeds Have a Future as Well as a Past?....................508
V. Bibliography....................517
VI. Indexes to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition....................537
A. A Comparative Creedal Syndogmaticon, with Alphabetical Index....................538
B. Ecclesiastical Index: Churches, Heresies, Creeds, Confessions, Councils....................575
VII. Indexes to Credo A. References to Scripture....................587
B. References to Creeds and Confessions....................591
C. Names of Persons....................604

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