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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Creeds (Revised Edition)

A good friend of mine sent me these a week or so ago in an e-mail. These are interesting to say the least. My friend was not sure where they originated, so If I have infringed on any copyrights, I apologize now. ;-) This is, unfortunately, a fairly accurate depiction of the landscape of the contemporary Evangelical Reformed "movement."

The Apostles Creed (2007 Calvinist Evangelical Revised Edition)

I scholastically define, affirm and assent to God the Predestinating Father Almighty, Maker ex nihilo of heaven, earth and the law/gospel dichotomy. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Saviour and the one we ask to come into our hearts when we say the sinners prayer; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, who is in no way to be regarded highly, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified as a penal substitution, dead, and buried to accomplish double imputation and justification by faith alone; he maybe descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to declare who the elect are and to judge the quick and the dead yet with no regard to any works or lack thereof done by them. I believe in the Holy Spirit who does not grant the sign gifts any longer; the holy Calvinist, Non-Liturgical and Invisible Church; the communion of those of a sufficient age and cognitive development to understand the sacrament and give a credible profession of faith; the forgiveness of the sins of those who rightly understand justification by faith alone; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting for those who are elect and as yet unknown in this life. AMEN.

The Nicene Creed (2007 Calvinist Evangelical Revised Edition)

I scholastically define, affirm and assent to one God,
the Presdestinating Father Almighty,
maker ex nihilo of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who came into my heart when I prayed the sinners prayer,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made ex nihilo;
who for us heads of household and our families,
and for our salvation by faith alone,
through grace alone, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary,
who is in no way to be regarded above other women,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered as a penal substitution and was buried;
and the third day he rose again
accomplishing double imputation and justification by faith alone
according to Sola Scriptura and John Calvin,
and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the living and the dead,
yet nevertheless with no regard to anything they have done,
whether good or ill;
whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life but not tongues,
who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son];
who with the Father and the Son togetheris worshipped and glorified,
yet not in any way which would violate the Regulative Principle;
who spake by the Prophets, but does not ever operate through sign gifts anymore.
And I believe one holy Calvinist, Non-Liturgical and Invisible Church;
I acknowledge one baptism for the dedication
of non-communicant church members,
and one for the membership of communicant members
who make a credible profession of faith;
yet certainly not for the forgiveness of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the elect
who are wholly unknown in this life,
and the life of the heaven to come. AMEN.


Blogger Dave said...

Hey Todd,

This is so funny! It definitely points out the uber-scholastic bent in Reformed theology.

One reason these creeds are so ridiculous is just because they are more specific and pedantic than any creed - even a Reformed one - would ever really be. Actually, they are more specific and detailed than some of the Reformed confessions I've seen.

Even taking that into account, the theology reflected in these "creeds" is still pretty ridiculous in that it reduces God to a understandable subject of study, and employs methods of human investigation and expression to articulate the exact dimensions of each and every part. Now, I'm no anti-intellectual, and (as you well know) I'm always quick to specify, distinguish, and clarify what I, and others, mean with the words we use. But seriously, we can be as precise as we can be and still leave room for a lot of openness, mystery, and even good old fashion mysticism, can't we!?

Maybe we might even show some grace and charity toward some other Christians while we're at it, too.


7:34 PM, February 10, 2007  
Blogger Brandon Jones said...

Thanks for this. I laughed a lot at it. I know some of the CRC people up here would get a kick out of this post.

6:56 PM, February 12, 2007  

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