We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]  -     Edited By: Angelo DiBerardino
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We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: Ancient Christian Doctrine Series [ACD]

IVP Academic / 2009 / Hardcover

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This fifth and final volume in the Ancient Christian Doctrines series explains the final clauses of the Nicene Creed outlining commonly held beliefs and doctrines within the church from Christianity's earliest and most influential thinkers. Here, Angelo Di Berardino assembles a wide range of texts and teachers to help enrich our understanding on the meaning of "one holy catholic and apostolic" as spoken from the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. In addition, Di Berardino offers a final commentary on the sacrament of baptism along with the church's expectation of "the resurrection of the dead" and "the life of the world to come" as concluded in the Creed. A solid and trustworthy resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of the doctrines formulated during the early church period.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830825355
ISBN-13: 9780830825356
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Series: Ancient Christian Doctrine

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When was the church founded? Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God and not of a religious organization subsequently called church. We don't find in the Gospels expressions which make reference to the foundation of a new religious community, a new and distinct community of followers of Jesus. But after the resurrection of Jesus, his followers, as a result of his express command, gather together not only those from the people of Israel but men and women of all nations. The final clauses of the Nicene Creed spell out, briefly and to the point, the church's self-understanding in these early centuries. Angelo Di Berardino assembles a wide range of texts and teachers of the church during these years to enrich our understanding and deepen our faith in the great mysteries expressed here. The Creed quickly hits the four marks of the church--that it is "one holy catholic and apostolic." What do we mean by professing each of these? Di Berardino helps us to give an answer with the help of the fathers of the church. The volume closes, as does the Creed, with a consideration of baptism (the traditional entrance for people into the church) and two central features of the church in the future--the expectation that all of God's people will enjoy the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

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Angelo Di Berardino is past president and current professor of patrology at the Augustinian Patristic Institute (Augustinianum) in Rome. He is the editor or author of authoritative works on the early church, including (recently updated and expanded in Italian as ) and He also serves as the Italian-language editor for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

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    Really great. Defining. An excellant opportunity to see what he Early Church Fahers believed in settig up the earlyChurch.
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    Joel L. Wats
    The wealth of knowledge contained in this series, the devotional material, the introduction to early Christian writers, explanation of the creeds, insures that these books are a must for students of early Christian doctrine, and those who are tired of reading explanations of explanations and who desire to get to the heart of the matter. Taking the classic creed (p269) of 381 and splitting it into into individual phrases, this series shows how numerous writers from the early periods of Christian History developed in a line to those ideas, or later explained and expounded up those ideas. The writers are not selected to represent solely the Western viewpoint or commonly recognized authors, indeed, even Pelagius makes an appearance, but the writers contains in this volume represent a broad spectrum pulling in the East and the West, Augustine, Cassian and Ignatius of Antioch. The timeline of these writers extend from the close of the canon to the year 750.The editors of the series have included a brief commentary-like historical setting for each phrase as well as an overview of the writers which is more along the lines of a summation. These sections prepare the reader to be dropped into the ongoing conversation between the writers, in which doctrines progress, develop and are fleshed out. The editors, which for this volume is Angelo Di Berardino (Series Editor, Thomas C. Oden), do not shy away from controversy. Of the volumes which I have reviewed, it is the most theologically comprehensive, aiming to bring about a better understanding of this creed, regardless of later doctrinal schisms which developed instead over doctrines not pertaining to the Creed. At the end of this volume is a short Conclusion, in which the series editor states the goal and the use of these volumes. Further, there is a section on biographical sketches of the authors and descriptions on anonymous works used in the series, as well as a timeline of writers used.
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