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In Defense of the Descent (Explorations in Reformed Confessional Theology) Paperback – January 1, 2010

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For creedal and confessional Christians, the clause in the Apostles Creed he descended into hell is important, but sometimes puzzling. Even as intelligent lay folk often struggle to articulate a brief, cogent, accurate reply as to its precise meaning, they may not fully appreciate the history of discussion behind the phrase, or the origins and function of its inclusion in what is probably still, liturgically, the most widely used Creed in the Reformation churches. Daniel Hyde has come to the rescue with a brief, helpful, historical, biblical, and pastoral treatment of this clause, and the crucial theological truth it is designed to propound and protect. I warmly commend it to the Christian reader. --J. Ligon Duncan III Senior Minister of First Presbyterian, Jackson, Mississippi

Every pastor knows that sinking feeling when the congregation recites the descent into hell clause of the Creed. What do we say to them? Written for laypeople and pastors alike, this slim volume not only gives us a good answer; it offers a terrific summary of broader Christian reflection. Danny Hyde convincingly argues that, far from an idle question, our Lord s descent into hell is a precious facet of the gospel. --Michael S. Horton

Every pastor knows that sinking feeling when the congregation recites the descent into hell clause of the Creed. What do we say to them? Written for laypeople and pastors alike, this slim volume not only gives us a good answer; it offers a terrific summary of broader Christian reflection. Danny Hyde convincingly argues that, far from an idle question, our Lord's descent into hell is a precious facet of the gospel. --Michael S. Horton

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The Apostles' Creed claims that Christ "descended into hell," but do we really believe that? Should we believe that? In this book, Daniel R. Hyde analyzes this controversial claim, bringing valuable light to this long confessed doctrine. He presents the arguments raised against the descent clause, discusses the various understanding of it throughout church history, explains how the Reformed churches have adopted it, and demonstrated the benefits of retaining it as a point of our Christian confession today. For those who question why Christians would believe in the descent of Christ, In Defense of the Descent is an informative and helpful guide.
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Product Details

  • Series: Explorations in Reformed Confessional Theology
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601780893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601780898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My review is in response to the gentleman who gave it one star. I believe book reviews are complicated and have to take into account many things: content, page number, price, editing, etc. But I believe fundamentally that a review must give priority to the content of the work even if all the other things do justly play a role.

First to say in defense, the book was fairly priced for what it was. It was advertised to be a book in a series called "explorations in Reformed...". It is explorations, it is not meant to be a technical work of theology. The book advertises to be designed to explain a controversial and confusing aspect of the Apostle's Creed. The series is also designed to be of special use for pastors.

Concerning my review of the book, I thought it was a very great introduction to the topic. I do not agree with the author's position, but I thought it was well argued and "very persuasive" in that Obi Wan Kennobi kind of way. I do think the book had a few holes in the argument (but I think those holes are tied to the position of the book) But not enough to merit taking away a star, because it was enjoyable to read. But over all Rev. Hyde's essay is a welcomed addition to the growing body of Reformed literature produced by RHB.

***To be open, the author and I are acquaintances and sent me a free pdf for review.
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In this concise volume, Danny Hyde offer an irenic defense of an often maligned phrase in the Apostles' Creed: the church's confession that Jesus "descended into hell." Over against contemporary naysayers, Hyde explains the confession's historical origin, biblical roots, and pastoral value -- all in a winsome and compelling manner. Indeed, the last chapter - "Benefits of Retaining 'He Descended Into Hell'" - is worth the price of the book. Highly recommended.
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Danny Hyde provides an excellent treatment of the topic in a short, but powerful book. The statement from the Apostle's Creed on Christ's descent into hell has been troublesome for centuries and has caused my confusion to me personally. This book helps to clear the waters and make the statement make sense. Thanks for this offering Danny.
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