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Faith and Creeds: A Guide for Study and Devotion

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In this book--the first in a series of short, accessible guides--noted author Alister McGrath examines the nature of faith. Offering an extended reflection on the opening words of the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed--"I believe"--McGrath provides a compelling defense of core Christian beliefs. In his usual learned yet accessible style, McGrath demonstrates how these ...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published February 1st 2013)
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Robert D. Cornwall
I first really encountered Alister McGrath when I made use of the first edition of his Chritian Theology: An Introduction, which proved to be quite useful, especially when paired with the reader. McGrath is a good writer, theologically orthodox, acquainted with both science and history, and evangelical (of a British sort).

Faith and Creeds is the first of five brief volumes designed for study and devotion. He takes as his conversation partners C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers. He
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Josh Skinner
Oct 19, 2013 Josh Skinner rated it really liked it
In Faith and Creeds, McGrath sets out to provide the reader with the "panorama" of the Christian faith, arguing (quite convincingly) that "in order to appreciate individual beliefs, you need to see the big picture of which they are a part." Writing on a more common level, McGrath invites three of the great "lay theologians of the 20th century; C.S. Lewis, Dortothy Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton. He also follows the leading of Lewis in expounding a "Mere Christianity", that is the common faith to ...more
Jim
Mar 05, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
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“The creeds…far from merely summing up the things of God…are an invitation to explore the wonders to which they point. Like diagrams of cathedrals and maps of landscapes, they are useful as summaries and starting points, but come to life when we let them guide us on a voyage of discovery, in which we see things with new eyes and take things in with a new sense of satisfaction.”

The history of my personal Christian pilgrimage is primarily non-creedal, that is the historic Christian creeds (such as
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George Paul
Jun 14, 2013 George Paul rated it really liked it
Alister E. McGrath, Faith and Creeds (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013). $16.00, 128 pages.

“What do Christians believe? Why do we believe this? And what difference does it make?”

Alister McGrath sets out to answer these three questions in Faith and Creeds, the first of five small books in The Heart of Christian Faith series. This book deals with the nature of faith and how it comes to be expressed in creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. Succeeding books will d
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Glenn Crouch
Sep 13, 2016 Glenn Crouch rated it it was amazing
This is a marvellous little book, and whilst it may be aimed more at new Christians, there is much in here for us older ones as well.

The Author does a fine job in address the purpose of the Creeds (in particular the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed) without going into analysing the Creeds themselves. Thus those from non-Liturgical churches should still find much of value here. He also brings across effectively, that as Christians we have a strong tie to those who have gone before us and that
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Colin
Jan 07, 2016 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a lot more interesting than it sounds from the title!

I bought the book mainly because of the second chapter "The map, the lens and the light" which addresses the issue of judging the rationality of faith (or any worldview) by examining how well it helps to explain the 'bigger picture', using it as a tool for explaining the world and our experiences. He argues that everyone looks at the world through theoretical spectacles whether we realize it or not, and finding the right one can
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Dean Roberts
Apr 22, 2013 Dean Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alister McGrath’s books came up in a lot of reading lists during my time at university whilst I read Theology. However, his books are not just for the university but also for the Christian bookshelf. I’m quite excited that a new collection of books has been written in order to explain the Christian faith in a modern, up to date way, whilst still using examples from some of the best pieces of Christian thought in the last century, notably the work of C.S.Lewis. I mentioned that Alister McGrath’s ...more
Billie
Jul 06, 2016 Billie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent introduction to the creeds and their role in our faith. McGrath does a great job of explaining why credal statements were developed and how they provide us a useful tool in connecting with the faith of the historical church.
David
Oct 02, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McGrath explres the nature of faith using references from C.S.Lewis's Mere Christianity and G.K.Chesterton
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Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College ...more
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