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on July 13, 2000
This book is a one volume compendium of Catholic Theology organized around the Nicene-Constantinople Creed. In addition to a detailed explantion of basic theological principles, the book also traces the history of the creed especially during the first centuries and details the many heresies that contributed to each word being carefully chosen for the final product. The author offers the reader many keen insights into the inner workings of the magisterium as each ecumenical council wrestled with the many agendas presented by the disparate factions who were represented.
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on July 21, 1998
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in obtaining a clear and concise understanding of the Nicene Creed. Father Berard gives a thorough explanation of each article of the Nicene Creed from a biblical, historical and ecumenical perspective.
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on August 30, 1999
Marthaler's book was extremely helpful to me in putting the Creed into a context that is relevant for me today. Gender and the Nicene Creed by Elizabeth Geitz, an Episcopal priest, is an excellent companion to it, offering a completely different perspective. Worship is much more meaningful to me now that I have a clearer idea of what the Creed means. Mindless recitation is over for me!
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on November 17, 2010
I plan to deliver a 16 week (32 hours) course on the Creed to the lay people in our diocese next year. This excellent book by Marthaler confirms my conviction that the course can be conducted in a very interesting way. Marthaler deals with both the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed in a comprehensive way which includes biblical, theological, liturgical, historical, social, cultural, and even psychological aspects. The book also discusses relevant topics pertaining to the Catholics such as Mary and the seven Sacraments. The bibliography at the end of each chapter is very helpful for those interested to explore further in a particular field. The side bar reference to Catechism of the Catholic Church is much welcome. Reading this book is an eye-opening experience. I come to appreciate the Creed more. The scope is broad and the presentation inspiring. I am so absorbed as to finish reading this thick book line by line in less than three weeks. Highly recommended. A final suggestion: at the end of the book, an index of biblical reference could be added as a bonus for Bible students like myself.
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on June 23, 2015
This should be the first book you read when you attend RCIA for adults in the Catholic Church and for every person that needs explanation of what the Church is and why the Roman Catholic Church is not what I have called it for the last five decades ask as a non-catholic, and now that I am Catholic, still hard to believe, it is a true source book and a read that needs all of your attention. Great!
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on March 14, 2007
Excellent historical discussion on The Nicene Creed. Reads like a well-written narrative: captivating and enlightening. Highly recommend.
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on March 21, 2013
Thorough and readable account of the historical context within which the creed was written, along with a fine commentary on how the believing community has trid to understand and apply it over the centuries.
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on April 25, 2014
Both the Nicene Creed and the Apostle's Creed contain a summary of our Christian faith. This book provides an excellent guide to better understanding the creeds and our faith.
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on May 6, 2013
Good book - used in Philosophy or Theology 101 courses. I you want more out of your faith, this should give you a better understanding of what you're saying every Sunday - so you're not just rattling it off because everyone else is.
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on January 4, 2013
Although this item was listed as used, the seller gave the impression that the book was like new. It has a lot of ballpoint pen underlining throughout, which is disappointing but not too surprising since it is used as a textbook. Fr. Marthaler used it in a class I took from him 20+ years ago. It is a good reference, made better with his direct comments in the class.
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