Book Review: The Apostles' Creed for Today
Justo González has done more than just about any other scholar to shape my big picture approach to thinking about theology and church history.
In The Apostles' Creed for Today, he combines both his gift for explaining theology clearly and his gift for providing historical context. He focuses all of that energy on the Apostles' Creed in this short, practical book.
The book is organized as a phrase-by-phrase exposition of the Creed, with wonderful asides to provide insight into the historical situation of the early church and explanations of key words, phrases and ideas.
Ancient creeds can be difficult to understand. Reciting these creeds without understanding them can cause people to think of the Christian faith as irrelevant, stodgy and obscure. A lot of the folks I've worked with who have drifted away from the Christian faith have done so because of this disconnect they felt between what Christianity taught and their lives in the real world.
González has written a book that anyone can read and that would help just about anyone to get a better handle on the core of what Christians believe. I highly recommend it.