Book Review of “KNOW: The Creeds and Councils”



Book Description (from Publisher):


In every generation, the Christian church must interpret and restate its bedrock beliefs, answering the challenges and concerns of the day. This accessible overview walks readers through centuries of creeds, councils, catechisms, and confessions—not with a dry focus on dates and places, but with an emphasis on the living tradition of Christian belief and why it matters for our lives today. As a part of the KNOW series, Know the Creeds and Councils is designed for personal study or classroom use, but also for small groups and Sunday schools wanting to more deeply understand the foundations of the faith. Each chapter covers a key statement of faith and includes a discussion of its historical context, a simple explanation of the statement’s content and key points, reflections on contemporary and ongoing relevance, and discussion questions.


“KNOW: The Creeds and Councils” is a book meant for a brief crash course in church theology. Each theology gives a sort of “spark notes” approach to different creeds and councils which present themselves in Christian worship even to this day. The content is very easy to read and the information presented is just enough to give the reader a baseline understanding of what brought about the creeds and theological understandings that the church still goes to in veneration and prayer.


Each chapter look at Historical Context, Content of resulting creeds or decisions, Relevance to today, Discussion questions, and references for more detailed study on the topic presented. These tools are invaluable and the book is small enough height and width wise to refer to it as a “pocket reference guide”. This book is something a college student or preacher could refer to in a pinch for a quick reference. I know as a Seminary student, I have already referred to some of the earlier councils and creeds for papers and further study.


I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about our creeds and councils. I think this sort of study is important and really shed slight on how we got to where we are as a church and in theological understanding. The foundation is certainly laid for further study and opening that door is important for students, scholars, pastors, and churchgoers alike.


I give this book five out of 5 stars.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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