Is it Time For a New Creed yet?

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Jeremiah Wrights writes,

I’m a big fan of the Nicene Creed (technically the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381 for the sticklers), and I have found a great deal of value in reflecting on what it does and doesn’t say. I especially value the creed because it facilitates the intersection of two important parts of my life….

my interest in the development of Christian theology through history. That said, there is something that has been bugging me about the creed lately. When reading it, we essentially get only a list of facts about the Father, Son, and Spirit.

…..I must firmly insist that all that we know about God is firmly entrenched in a narrative, but how well does the creed place God within that narrative?

Time For a New Creed? « Walking Towards Jerusalem.

I don’t like the Creed of 381, finding that it goes too far and instead becomes too much a political compromise. Instead, I prefer the Apostle’s Creed, but Jeremiah’s question is a good one.

When does, for those of you who believe it does, doctrine stop progressing? When do we step back and examine where we are and if we need to move to the left or the right?

What if a new creed is needed? Or a new doctrine, especially in relation to the narrative developed around YHWH and Jesus.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 thoughts on Is it Time For a New Creed yet?

  1. Personally, I like the creed of 325 the most, because it focuses only on the essentials (divinity of Christ, incarnation-death-resurrection of Christ, Trinity) of Christian faith.

    As far as writing new creeds, I believe that everyone should write their own “creed,” in that each individual needs to know what they believe about their faith. This is not to promote universalism, as I think that we should all fall under the creed of 325 in order to claim Christianity, but instead that each individual may be very aware of where he or she stands.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Matthew,

      I like 325 as well because it gets it all in.

      Your 2 cents are worth more than some’s 2 bucks

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