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Preaching the Creed

Picking up again this Sunday after a break for Lent and Easter* a series on the Apostles' Creed. About a year ago a fellow Baptist minister was a doing a similar series and all I could recommend was Van Harn, Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostle's Creed. Having started my own series, have found lots of excellent books. I list below 12, one for each apostle!
  1. Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostles' Creed edited by Roger E. Van Harn (2004)
  2. The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters by Luke Timothy Johnson (2003)
  3. Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief by Rowan Williams (2007)
  4. Nicene Christianity edited by Christoper R. Seitz (2001)
  5. The Rhythm of Doctrine by John Colwell (2013)
  6. Dogmatics in Outline by Karl Barth (1949)
  7. Faith Seeking Understanding by Daniel L. Migliore (2nd Ed., 2004)
  8. The Christian Faith by Colin Gunton (2001)
  9. Loyalty to God: The Apostle's Creed in Life and Liturgy by Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. (1992)
  10. The Apostles' Creed for Today by Justo L. Gonzalez (2007) 
  11. Faith and Film: Theological Themes at the Cinema by Bryan P. Stone (2000)
  12. Reading is Believing: The Christian Faith through Literature and Film by David S. Cunningham (2002)

Others I would like to read, but have not got round to getting a copy are:

    Three Ways in One God: A Reading of the Apostle's Creed by Nicholas Lash

    Christian Doctrine by Mike Higton

* I know we're still officially in Easter!


Kim Fabricius

Good list, Andy. Also:

Hans K√ľng, Credo: The Apostles' Creed Explained for Today (1992).

Wolfhart Pannenberg, The Apostles' Creed in the Light of Today's Questions (1972).

Higton's book is excellent (I met Mike recently and told him so. He said he'd now do some of it differently. Well, of course, Mike - it's now 6 years old! ;)) In the Introduction, Higton pays tribute to Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology (2004) - and rightly so. Neither book, of course, is a commentary on the Creed as such.

Nor is another outstanding book: Mark A. McIntosh, Divine Teaching: An Introduction to Christian Theology (2008) - very "innovative" and "imaginative" (as is rightly observed on the back cover). If I remember correctly, Ben Myers recommended it to me.

That should keep you going! By the way, just out of Mansfield College, within the first month of ministry, I decided to do a series of sermons on the Apostles' Creed, as much for my own sake - to discover what I really thought about the faith, to get my head straight - as for my poor congregation's! I must revisit them ...

Andy Goodliff

Thanks Kim. The price of the Higton volume only thing holding me back (hoping to find it in an SCM summer sale). I'm three years into ministry, but has likewise been helpful in lots of ways, hopefully for congregation too. "He will come again to judge" tomorrow.

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