Creeds of Christendom, with a History and Critical notes. Volume II. The History of Creeds.
by Philip Schaff
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In 1876, this three volume collection of
cross-denominational creeds and confessions was deemed by
its publisher a "symbolical library" well worth visiting.
In Volume II of Creeds of Christendom, Schaff reproduces
the Scripture Confessions as well as the Ante-Nicene and
Nicene Rules of Faith and Baptismal Creeds. He also
presents the Orthodox Confession of the Eastern Church
alongside the longer catechism of the Orthodox Eastern
Church. Finally, Schaff concludes with the Old Catholic
Union Creeds, which include several encyclical letters
from the 19th and 20th century papacies. Schaff spends
several sections comparing different forms of the
Apostle's Creed, which range from the Old Roman African
form to the Old Italian form. Schaff even provides an
extensive table displaying the gradual formation of the
Creed from 200AD to 750AD. This book is an excellent
resource for comparative analysis, as Schaff provides the
documents in their original languages alongside their
English translations. Through Creeds of Christendom,
Schaff aims to bring understanding to those who adhere to
different creeds. He wisely reminds us that despite
varying Christian denominations, Christ always remains at
the center of the creeds.
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