The Role Of Confessions And Creeds On The 's ' The Creedal Imperative '

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There is much debate within evangelicalism about the role of confessions and creeds. In “The Creedal Imperative”, Carl Trueman addresses this by stating his belief that confessions and creeds are “vital to the present and future well-being of the church” through life and through worship (13). Trueman finds it important to argue that confessions and creeds fall in line with the belief that Scripture alone is the main source of revelation and authority, yet also noticing the synthetic and public nature of these documents.
Trueman begins chapter one by addressing three cultural assumptions. These are: the past is important, language should be used to communicate truth, and the church should teach and enforce creeds and confessions. In contrast, the cultural factors are the devaluating of the past through science, technology, and consumerism, the disappearance of human nature in which it is seen as only a mere unbinding construct, and the uncertainty of words being a dependable source of communication. All of these factors lead to the mindset that Christian doctrines are implausible and distasteful. These documents are built on old fashioned ideas that if one position is true then the opposite must be false. Trueman believes understanding the cultural aspects of our modern world will clarify why the need for creeds and confessions are difficult for people to grasp.
In chapter two, Trueman begins building his case for a biblical basis in regards to needing the creeds. He…

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