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Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, 4 Volumes with CD-ROMCreeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, 4 Volumes with CD-ROM
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Received Honorable Mention for the 2003 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Awards Competition in the Multi-Volume Reference/Humanities category

This remarkable four-volume set replaces Philip Schaff's Creeds of Christendom first published in 1870. This magisterial project shows once again why Jaroslav Pelikan is considered the premier historical theologian of our time. It assembles the principal creeds and confessions of the Christian Church, from biblical times to the present and from all over the globe, and places them in their historical and theological context. An introductory volume, Credo, by eminent church historian Jaroslav Pelikan, surveys the history of these creeds, delves into the meaning and purpose of creeds, and probes the issues and controversies that spawn new creeds, as well as the origins of new religious movements within Christianity.

The set includes over 225 texts, with translations from many languages. Editors Pelikan and Hotchkiss provide a brief introduction to each creed and confession, as well as commentary and notes identifying its biblical and other sources. A massive and unique comparative index serves as a comprehensive guide, doctrine by doctrine, to all the creeds and confessions. And a CD-ROM, which contains all the translated texts in their original languages, is also included.

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  • Credo: Historical & Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition
  • Vol One: Early, Eastern, and Medieval
  • Vol Two: Reformation Era
  • Vol Three: Modern Christianity

     

 
I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' CreedI Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed
Thomas P. Rausch
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In the spirit of nineteenth-century philosopher John Stuart Mill's admonition to "fully, frequently, and fearlessly" discuss what we profess to be true in order that it remain a "living truth" rather than "dead dogma," Thomas P. Rausch gives us I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed. Rausch carefully explores the controversies that led to the development of the Creed and thereby brings the Creed to life for modern readers. More important, he maintains that the Creed is most fully alive when those who profess it do so as a personal response to their baptismal call.

I Believe in God carefully unpacks the three articles of the Creed but does so always with an eye and heart toward communion with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As baptized Christians, to profess the Creed is to be committed to enter more deeply into this trinitarian relationship and thus more fully into communion with one another. Rausch clearly shows that the Apostles' Creed is grounded in Scripture, first came to expression in the church's baptismal liturgy, and can be better understood in light of contemporary theological reflection. Attentive to the ways in which the language of the Creed is relevant to the experience of twenty-first-century Christians, he leads us to understand what Pope Benedict meant when he said the Creed is "a tiny summa in which everything essential is expressed." With Rausch's guidance, readers will confess those essentials with greater conviction and appreciation.
     

 
Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian ApologeticsFundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics
Peter Kreeft
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Kreeft considers all the fundamental elements of Christianity and Catholicism, explaining, defending and showing their relevance to our life and the world's yearnings. Here is a book to help you understand your faith more fully and to explain it to others more winningly.
     

 

 

 

 

 
A Map of Life: A Simple Study of the Catholic FaithA Map of Life: A Simple Study of the Catholic Faith
Francis Sheed
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Considered one of Frank Sheed's best books, this is also regarded as one of the best and most popular short summaries of the Catholic faith ever written. Focusing on the major truths of our existence and purpose in life, Sheed draws on God's revelation to show what the divine master plan is for us and how each part of the plan is related. For a sample click on excerpt or for a list of chapters click on table of contents, or for a review click on to william's best picks.
     

 
Catholic Christianity: Based on the CatechismCatholic Christianity: Based on the Catechism
Peter Kreeft
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"For adult catechism classes, this is the best entree available. Kreeft's style is clear to read. It is without jargon and Latinisms. It brings the tenets and concepts of the catechism to a level where they are more easily utilized and understood. A wonderful explication,"---Catholic Library World. 425 pages, softcover.
     
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