How Do Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms Differ From "Statements of Faith"?

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007

You may have heard Lutherans, Reformed, and other confessional Protestants criticize parachurch "statements of faith," while simultaneously celebrating the creeds of the early Church, and the confessions and catechisms flowing from the Reformation. Why this distinction? Is it simply a function of a nostalgic attachment to the past, a naive yearning for a lost golden age? In some of our circles, this could be a danger; it is possible to revere tradition simply for tradition's sake. But there is, nevertheless, a legitimate reason to subscribe to the confessional standards of the Church that have ...

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