Monday, October 29, 2007

The Guiding Principle of the English Reformation Applied - Creeds

Anglicans retain the historic creeds of the Church Catholic -- the Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian. Traditionally the Apostles Creed is recited in Morning and Evening Prayer and the Nicene Creed during Holy Eucharist.

Some would say, "Why the creeds if we have the Bible?" The answer of the English reformers is three fold. First, as with other aspects of the Church Catholic, the creeds were received by the English Church. Since they do not contradict the teaching of salvation and morality found in Scriptures they are retained. Second, they are sound summaries of the central teachings of the Bible. Third, the practice of reciting them was deeply embedded in the life of the English Church and had and would continue to form disciples of Jesus.

BTW -- The Creeds do not define every aspect of what one may believe as a Christian. The creeds are boundaries of reflection. There is freedom to think and let think in terms of doctrine and theology as long as the reflection does not exceed the boundaries set by the creeds themselves.

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