Creeds and confessions throughout Christian history provide a unique vantage point from which to study the Christian faith. To this end, Donald Fairbairn and Ryan Reeves construct a story that captures both the central importance of creeds and confessions over the centuries and their unrealized potential to introduce readers to the overall sweep of church history. The book features texts of classic creeds and confessions as well as informational sidebars.
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About the Author
Donald Fairbairn (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at the Charlotte, North Carolina, campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.Ryan M. Reeves (PhD, University of Cambridge) has taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, and the University of Cambridge.
Table of Contents
Contents1. Beginning the StoryPart 1: The Era of the Creeds (100-500)2. The Creedal Impulse in Scripture and the Early Church3. A Christian Empire and Creedal Standardization4. The Nicene Creed: A Creed for the Entire Church5. The Chalcedonian Definition: Explaining the Nicene Creed6. The Apostles' Creed: A Regional Creed with Traditional Authority7. The Athanasian Creed: A Creedal Anomaly with Staying PowerPart 2: Exploring Creedal Theology (500-900)8. Clarifying Chalcedon in the East9. The West Charts Its Own Theological Course10. Creedal Dissension and the East-West SchismPart 3: From Creeds to Confessions in the West (900-1500)11. Setting the Stage for Medieval Developments12. Catholic Confessions in the High Middle AgesPart 4: The Reformation and Confessionalism (1500-1650)13. The Crisis of the Reformation14. Early Protestant Confessions15. New Generations of Protestant Confessions16. Catholic and Orthodox Responses to Protestant Confessions17. Protestant Confessions in the Late ReformationPart 5: Confessions in the Modern World (1650-Present)18. The New Grammar of Modern ConfessionsConclusionIndex