The Quest for the Creed: What the Apostles Really Believed, and Why It Matters

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Demonstrating a deep understanding of scripture, church history, doctrine, and pastoral work, this exploration takes a fresh look at a prayer many Catholics commonly zip past while saying the Rosary: the Apostle's Creed. The study brushes the centuries of dust off each of the elements in which churchgoers intone “we believe” without pausing to reflect on the prayer's meaning, confronting this overlooked component of mass in a zingy, Chestertonian style that will appeal to discerning readers of popular theology ...

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Overview

Demonstrating a deep understanding of scripture, church history, doctrine, and pastoral work, this exploration takes a fresh look at a prayer many Catholics commonly zip past while saying the Rosary: the Apostle's Creed. The study brushes the centuries of dust off each of the elements in which churchgoers intone “we believe” without pausing to reflect on the prayer's meaning, confronting this overlooked component of mass in a zingy, Chestertonian style that will appeal to discerning readers of popular theology and apologetics. Delving into the startling statements that this creed makes about the nature of God, man, and the universe, this guide once again reminds Catholics how to be surprised and challenged by the paradoxical beauty that the Christian faith finds in everyday life.

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"In this exciting book, Longenecker follows in the imaginative footsteps of Chesterton and Lewis. He sees and seizes the thrill of truth with insights of pyrotechnic brilliance."  —Joseph Pearce, author, Through Shakespeare's Eyes

"Here is orthodoxy as heavy as the universe, made to dance like the universe. Reading this is like coming upon old Augustine dressed up like St Francis."  —Thomas Howard, author, Evangelical is Not Enough

"An engaging and energetic book that explains the Apostle's Creed to the curious, the skeptical, and the puzzled. It uses a popular, but learned, mixture of references to philosophy, theology, biology, history, pop culture, and great literature, drawing on everyone from atheist Richard Dawkins and novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky to saint Thomas Aquinas and our Lord Jesus Christ."  —Carl E. Olson, editor, Ignatius Insight

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824526740
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 322,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Longenecker is the author of Catholocism, Pure and Simple; More Christianity: Finding the Fullness of the Faith; St. Benedict and St. Therese and ten other books on the Catholic faith. A former Anglican priest, he was received into communion with the Catholic Church and now serves as a Catholic priest. Fr Longenecker has written articles on theology, apologetics, biblical commentary, and Catholic culture. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina
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Table of Contents

Preface: Standing on My Head vii

Introduction: Losing Your Head xiii

Chapter 1 The Man from Missouri 1

Chapter 2 The Authentic Atheist 14

Chapter 3 Of Other Worlds 27

Chapter 4 The Scandal of Particularity 39

Chapter 5 Arians, Apollinarians and One Eyed Pirates 52

Chapter 6 Purity is Power 63

Chapter 7 Agony and Agnosticism 75

Chapter 8 I Scream, Therefore I Am 84

Chapter 9 Out of the Frying Pan 95

Chapter 10 Memes, Magicians and Manichees 107

Chapter 11 Up, Up and Away 118

Chapter 12 Ambitiously Ambidextrous 129

Chapter 13 Myths, Movies and Medieval Cathedrals 139

Chapter 14 Nature's Bonfire, World's Wildfire 151

Chapter 15 The Universal Corner Shop 163

Chapter 16 Encyclopedic Sanctity 176

Chapter 17 The Metanoia Mentality 185

Chapter 18 Cannibals, Crocodiles and Corpses 195

Chapter 19 Eternity in a Grain of Sand 205

Chapter 20 Let it Be 214

Acknowledgements 220

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