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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST resource on early Christian Creeds and Faith formulation, August 1, 2009
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This review is from: Early Christian Creeds (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
INTRO:
A CREED in short is a basic formulation of ones faith.

J.N.D. Kelly is the premier writer in the area of early Christianity (few Church historians reach his depth and width ... worthy mentioning here is Jaroslav Pelikan). Any Christian (lay or clergy) will be blown away by this book, as their faith in Christ and the Apostles will be strengthened.

CONTENT:
This is not a fast read (many chapters and much detail) but J.N.D. Kelly starts our slow enough where anyone can see that he is approaching this topic with an open mind (did the early Christians of the first century have a CREED)? In the end we learn that history does not give us enough evidence for an answer, BUT we can see even from the New Testament extant manuscripts and texts that there are remenants and hints about CREEDAL statements.

CONCLUSION:
This invaluable resource is also used for seminary students and graduate work in theology (such as Historical Theology courses). In this book one learns the evolution of creedal thoughts and ideas, as well as the development of the various formulae themselves, and both Eastern Church and Western Church statements and creeds are well represented (especially the oecumenical one - Nicaea-Constantinople).

I concur with the previous two reviewers that this is a book that I cannot recommend enough, and one that should be on the shelf of any pastor, historian, or theologian.
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