Creeds of Christendom, with a History and Critical notes. Volume I. The History of Creeds.
by Philip Schaff
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In 1876, this three volume collection of
cross-denominational creeds was deemed by its publisher a "symbolical
library" well worth visiting. In Volume I, Schaff introduces the creeds
by providing general information regarding their origin, value,
authority, and classification. First, Schaff presents the Ecumenical
Creeds, which contain the most basic doctrines of the Trinity and the
Incarnation. These fundamental creeds are the Apostle's Creed, the
Nicene Creed, the Creed of Chalcedon, and the Athanasian Creed. Next,
Schaff considers the Greek and Roman Creeds, which differ significantly
from Protestantism and from each other. Schaff then explores the
Evangelical Protestant Creeds, which emerged around the time of the
Reformation and are divided into two camps, Reformed and Lutheran.
Schaff concludes by giving some attention to the Creeds of Modern
Evangelical Denominations. Through Creeds of Christendom, Schaff
bring understanding to those who adhere to different creeds. Schaff
wisely reminds us that despite varying Christian denominations, Christ
always remains at the center of the creeds.
CCEL Staff Writer