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Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith [Paperback]

By David Willis (Author)
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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  080282868X  
EAN  9780802828682  

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The Nicene Creed's powerful summary of the Christian faith has stood the test of time. Drawing analogies from such diverse areas as architecture, graphic art, poetry, sculpture, and psychological theory, Willis provides clues for meaningfully interpreting this ancient creed and thoughtful reflections on linking it to life today. 186 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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The Nicene Creed's powerful summary of Christian faith has stood the test of time, embodying core truths and distinguishing essential Christian teachings from those of lesser importance. As respected thinker and educator David Willis explores the Nicene Creed in this new book, he provides clues for meaningfully interpreting this most ecumenical of church creeds in the twenty-first century. Writing especially for educated laypeople, advanced students, and theological educators, Willis eloquently links the ancient creed to life today. As he points out, faith is constantly taking different shapes within broad boundaries like the creed's perennial truths, and even these truths need to be reinterpreted in each age to keep them intelligible and compelling. Willis admirably achieves this task for our day by elucidating the creed's statement of faith with analogies drawn from such diverse areas as architecture, graphic art, poetry, sculpture, and psychological theory. Those seeking to delve into the creed or to deepen a lifelong encounter with it will be enriched by Willis's reflections.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Zachary Willis (or "Zach-Attack" as he is known to his karate friends) began writing the first Molly the Meerkat book at the age of six while on summer vacation. That first book was written on a hotel notepad, and he hasn't stopped writing since. Zach continues to think of new adventures for Molly to experience and lessons to learn, so keep an eye out for more Molly the Meerkat books in the near future. Zach is also a gold belt in Tang Soo Do, a form of Korean martial art, and he takes hip-hop classes as well. That along with starting the first grade, and it is a wonder that he has time to write books, but he has an amazing drive and passion for creativity.

David Willis has an academic affiliation as follows - South Dakota State University University of Cambridge University of Ca.

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Not much food for thought here  Mar 30, 2006
Do not get me wrong. I am NOT saying that this book is fatuous. I am NOT saying that it is poorly written. I am NOT saying that its author does not know his Theology. What I am saying is that I read it expecting to learn something new, approaching it as a left-brain dogmatic treatise of some sort, packed with History, Philosophy, Theology, Hermeneutics. To my disappointment, it was nothing of that sort. What I read instead, was a right-brain, artistic book, fluffy, lofty and sentimental. With all due respect to the author, this is not what I had expected when I picked it up. I am willing to concede, though, there is a time and a place to write theology books from an aesthetical perspective. This one did not do it for me, sorry.
Credo  Sep 23, 2005
When I was a seminary student, one of my assignments was to write a credo, a theological construction of what I believe. It seemed readily apparent to me that this would be related to the Nicene Creed, something I repeat each week as a summation of my belief. In the end, I took that creed line by line and worked my way through it with theological explanation.

This book is similar in that regard - while it does not have a line-by-line structure, it does take the major themes of the Nicene Creed, perhaps the most commonly recited creed in Christendom, East or West, Catholic or Protestant. However, as I discovered when I set about writing my credo, the words we recite in worship, sometimes almost unconsciously as they have become so familiar, are not always readily apparent in meaning in all of their aspects.

Willis writes, 'This book is for those who would like to be reminded of what they are standing for when they rectie the Nicene Creed and would welcome help in distinguishing the few essentials of the faith from the numerous matters of relative indifference.' We live in a time where there are many calls upon our faithfulness in different regards - women's ordination, sexual orientation, sacramental administration, and a host of other issues. Willis doesn't address these issues primarily, because they are not primary issues - the heart of Christianity is not in these details, but rather in the creed.

Willis states that 'there is a sense of the truth of the creed that predates critical consciousness of its components.' Willis discounts the idea that one has to assent to the creed 'or else', resisting the idea that this is a magic formula by which one buys salvation, or alternately rejects and so is damned. He also strives to get to the heart of the matter, citing Calvin's ideas of freedom as including 'freedom to be indifferent about indifferent things.' As Willis traces the ideas through the creed, he discusses issues in current church practice as well as the historical development of the church, theologically and ecclesiastically. He looks particularly at baptism and communion at many points, as the sacramental expression akin to the creedal formulation of the faith.

This is a worthwhile text for individual study or group study in a church or worship community. It is written assuming a familiarity with the church, but avoids intricate theological argumentation. There is an extensive bibliography (I was amused to see it entitled 'Mostly English Bibliography') and useful index. Willis' writing is clear, accessible, and helpful in terms of reflection and understanding that which many people do as a matter of course.


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