The Apostles’ Creed: A Information to the Historical Catechism
Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2018.
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By Laura Paul
Studying Ben Myers, The Apostles’ Creed is a bit like having a dialog with a supremely clever and winsome Christian good friend. You recognize, a kind of very uncommon folks who can converse of truths you’ve heard 1,000,000 instances earlier than, however in such a wealthy, recent means that your thoughts and coronary heart are left longing to know extra? Myers does simply this, but additionally provides to the dialog belongings you’ve by no means considered earlier than, skillfully utilizing them to attract out the traditional truths with nice richness.
Winsome, partaking, and insightful, Myers takes his readers on a journey via the Church’s oldest and most basic confession – phrase by phrase, line by line. In doing so he engages in an excellent job of ressourcement. That’s, he begins by firmly rooting the creed inside its historical context. The phrases of the Church Fathers weave their means via his exposition with a vividness that serves to recreate a way of the tradition of the early church, thus permitting the reader to really feel like they’re ‘in’ the world of those that first confessed these phrases. This early Christian ‘vibe’ even pervades the aesthetics of this little quantity. Every chapter shows icons and early church artwork upon its cowl web page, drawing the reader into the embodied lifetime of the religion it expounds.
And but, on the similar time Myers additionally relates this historical creed to the wants and considerations of right this moment’s Christians with simply as a lot readability and vivacity. He’s assured to think about points just like the fatherhood of God because it relates present conversations round gender (19-22), or to think about the company id of the “I” who confesses an historical and communal religion in an individualistic age (9-11; 131-135). He presents a strong imaginative and prescient for the goodness of creation that each echoes and solutions our current considerations concerning the world we dwell in (29-33), permitting the regular riches of historical knowledge to handle right this moment’s anxious points. In reaching in each instructions, Myers succeeds in really drawing his readers into the Communion of Saints.
This little work might be helpful in so many contexts: as a devotional, an introduction to early church historical past, a home-group research, or as a primer to the Christian religion for a curious good friend or neighbor. Nevertheless, from its opening paragraphs this quantity begs to serve within the context through which the phrases it expounds discovered their unique dwelling, particularly, Baptism. Myers reminds his readers that these phrases first served because the confession of these lead out at daybreak on Easter Sunday to be plunged right into a flowing stream, declaring ‘I imagine’ in response to the Triune questions of the creed. The creed is a confession of belonging into the physique of Christ, the Communion of Saints, and as such, this e-book can be a superb present to current to somebody in preparation for or celebration of their baptism. However finally this quantity can be helpful for anybody who needs to plunge afresh into the richness of the religion of the Church all through the ages.
Laura Paul is a PhD Pupil at Ridley Faculty.