Back to Top

Know the Creeds and Councils


by Justin S Holcomb

In this accessible guide, Justin Holcomb---a priest, professor, and author---introduces readers to the church's most important statements of faith over the centuries and shows why those statements still matter today. Discussion questions make Know the Creeds and Councils useful for individual and group study alike.

Biographical Note:
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.

Table of Contents:
Introduction 1. Apostles' Creed (ca 140) 2. Nicene Creed (325) 3. Athanasian Creed (late fifth or early sixth century) 4. Councils of Constantinople (381, 553, 681) 5. Councils of Ephesus (431) 6. Creed of Chalcedon (451) 7. Councils of Carthage (418) and Orange (529) 8. Ninety-Five Theses (1517) 9. Council of Trent (1545) 10. Heidelberg Catechism (1563) 11. Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1563) 12. Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) 13. Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) 14. Lausanne Covenant (1974) 15. Chicago Statement on Inerrancy (1978) Conclusion


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.


Bio: 

Justin Holcomb (PhD, 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, coauthored, and edited several books, including Know the Heretics. He lives with his wife and daughters in Orlando, Florida.


 ISBN: 9780310515098
 Pub Date: April 29, 2014
 Paperback
 192 pages