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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310515092
ISBN-13: 9780310515098
Series: KNOW

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Publisher's Description

In every generation, the Christian church must interpret and restate its bedrock beliefs, answering the challenges and concerns of the day. This accessible overview walks readers through centuries of creeds, councils, catechisms, and confessions—not with a dry focus on dates and places, but with an emphasis on the living tradition of Christian belief and why it matters for our lives today.

As a part of the KNOW series, Know the Creeds and Councils is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to more deeply understand the foundations of the faith.

Each chapter covers a key statement of faith and includes a discussion of its historical context, a simple explanation of the statement’s content and key points, reflections on contemporary and ongoing relevance, and discussion questions.

Author Bio

Justin Holcomb (Ph.D., Emory University) is an Episcopal priest and a professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He has authored, co-authored, and edited several books, including On the Grace of God. He lives with his wife and daughters in Orlando, Florida.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    December 30, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I read an interview with the author, on Bible Gateway, and it piqued my interest; I had been raised in Lutheran Catechism, so I knew The Apostles' (to this day, by heart), and the Nicene Creeds, I was inspired, after the death of my wife, by question #1 of the Westminster Confession("what is the chief end of man? / To glorify God, and enjoy Him forever"), and Pastor Alistair Begg, frequently mentions the Heidelberg Confession, in his radio messages(Truth for Life).

    It is more of a reference book, than inspirational reading, but I expected that, anyway
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for believers and nonbelievers!
    August 20, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Justin Holcomb explores centuries of creeds, councils, catechisms, and confessions that is behind the tradition of Christianity in his book Know the Creeds and Councils. Each chapter includes key points, historical context, theory explanations, discussion questions, and more. Like the other books in the Know series, Know the Creeds and Councils can be used for a small bible study, personal study, or for the classroom.

    Know the Creeds and Councils gives the Christian a deeper understanding of God's purpose for us and our faith. It is a dependable resource for anyone that wants to know the history of Christianity whether believer or nonbeliever. It takes the reader beyond the words of the scripture to more profound meanings and explores the depths of Christian theology while giving the believer a stronger belief in their faith.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Know your Creeds, not just your Bibles
    May 27, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Other than the Apostle's Creed, are you familiar with other creeds? How about confessions? What are they? What's the difference between them? What about catechism? Why were they created? These and many other related questions would be answered by Holcomb in this book. Holcomb first defines the various terms used in this book, creeds, confessions and catechism.

    Following which these are then presented in a chronological order, allowing the readers to see how the creeds have developed, deepen and also modified in their wording to be more specific to the various challenges that arose at the different eras.

    In Creeds, whenever a creed/confession/catechism is presented, 3 sections would always be explored: the historical background, content and relevance.

    Holcomb is especially strong in giving the historical context of the creeds/confession/catechism, often highlighting the historical framework/situations where the creeds are contextualised, allowing you to see the importance of developing such creeds/confessions/catechism.

    What is interesting is that Holcomb not only includes Protestant creeds and confession, in this book you can also read about the Romans Catholic Creeds and Councils, and Holcomb does not skimp on the explanation about them.

    Lastly, under relevance, Holcomb is perceptive about the importance of creeds and confessions and the need for christians to be familiar with the them. Even when discussing about the Vatican II, Holcomb is still able to draw relevant application for christians and thus gives excellence support for the christian to be well versed in them.

    This would be a great book for any christian who would like to be interested to learn not just about the creeds/confessions/catechism itself, but along side with it a thorough understanding of the historical context behind it. Although this might be a little too overbearing, but I would have wished that Holcomb could have added a chapter on the Second London Baptist Confession. Still this trivial lack has not in any way made the book any less valuable. This remains to be an excellent and informative guide for any christian who wants to be informed in this area.

    Disclaimer: I got this book free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Short, easy-to-follow introduction to the topic
    May 25, 2014
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Know the Creeds and Councils" is a summary of the historical discussions around what Christians believe. This wonderful, short book very effectively communicates the information. A layman--even a teenager--can understand the issues being discussed and why they were and are important. The author did an excellent job at defining (and continuing to define) theological words and explaining complex theological issues in an understandable way. I think this would be a great study for high school- or college-age church groups.

    The author moved through history, from the first known creed ("I believe...") to recent meetings that issued statements of belief. He doesn't cover every council, but he picked important ones that give an idea of the discussions going on at the time and how they were resolved. He explained the main issues being discussed, why it was an issue, what statements of belief came from the meeting, and why it's relevant to us today. He also included some discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

    I'd recommend this resource to those interested in knowing more about the history behind certain doctrinal statements, especially those people intimidated by "theology" or "doctrine" books. (Note: This book doesn't cover the Scriptural basis for the various beliefs, which probably should be studied first so you know why you believe what you believe.)

    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through BookLook.
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