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Honest Faith for Our Time: Truth-telling about the Bible, the Creed, and the Church

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This volume is a biblical theological critique of the Apostles' Creed and a development of the role of the Holy Spirit in the church, the world, and the personal experience of Christian faith. It addresses the creed as a historic document, an artifact of early Christian theological development, and a long-standing guide for the form and content of that faith tradition. This book is an appreciation of the Apostles' Creed in terms of its persistent pastoral effect in the church. It is also a criticism of aspects of...

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Overview

This volume is a biblical theological critique of the Apostles' Creed and a development of the role of the Holy Spirit in the church, the world, and the personal experience of Christian faith. It addresses the creed as a historic document, an artifact of early Christian theological development, and a long-standing guide for the form and content of that faith tradition. This book is an appreciation of the Apostles' Creed in terms of its persistent pastoral effect in the church. It is also a criticism of aspects of the creed that are unbiblical and crafted for political or extraneous theological reasons by the bishops of the ancient ecumenical councils.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608997084
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Pages: 194

Meet the Author

J. Harold Ellens is a retired university professor, Presbyterian theologian, and pastor. He has served as a United States Army chaplain (colonel) and has worked as a clinical psychotherapist. He is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. His numerous books include Miracles (2008) and The Healing Power of Spirituality (2010). For more information, you may visit Dr. Ellens' website at www.JHaroldEllens.com.

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Table of Contents

The Apostles' Creed ix

Preface xi

Part 1 The Creed and the Church

1 I Believe in God 3

2 Jesus Christ, Our Lord 9

3 Conceived of the Spirit, Born of a Virgin 16

4 Suffered, Died, Buried 22

5 He Descended into Hell 26

6 He Rose from the Dead 31

7 Ascended and Enthroned Judge 37

8 Holy Spirit: Universal Church, Saintly Communion, Fellowship of Forgiveness 44

9 Resurrection of the Body 51

10 Life Everlasting 56

Part 2 How the Divine Spirit Really Works in Our Daily Lives

11 Honest to God 63

12 Why I Believe in God 70

13 The Backside of God 76

Part 3 How the Divine Spirit Really Works in the Church

14 Healthy Faith Needs Good Theology 89

15 Wellbeing: God's Grace and Human Health 95

16 Responsible Religion, Honest Theology, Good Grace 105

17 The Chemistry of Forgiveness 115

Part 4 Summary and Conclusion

18 A Godly Way of Life 125

Part 5 Three Responses

19 Bible before Creed or Creed before Bible Jack Miles 137

20 From the Apostles' Creed to Jesus' Own Trust in God James M. Robinson 143

21 A Pastor's Response F. Morgan Roberts 154

About the Author and Respondents 171

Suggestions for Further Reading 174

Bibliography 177

Index 179

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