The book starts out with a definition and explanation of what creeds, confessions, catechisms, and councils were in the history of the church. It then goes on to talk about some of the particular creeds, confessions, catechisms and councils. While not covering all of them, the book gives a good introduction to the main ones that occurred throughout history. For each one, a historical background is given, as well as the content and the relevance for us today. I thought it was good that a section on relevance was given to show us that these have importance even for our lives today. Some of the most important doctrines, such as the deity and humanity of Christ and who the Holy Spirit is, were hashed out and defined in these councils and creeds.
In the reading of this book, I now want to go back to a book I started and gave up on a while ago – Kevin DeYoung’s The Good News We Almost Forgot about the Heidelberg Catechism. I also now want to read the Westminster Confession of Faith, which is apparently very Calvinistic. I remember being taught some catechisms when I was growing up – likely from the Westminster Catechism.
This book is a great introduction of some of the key events and documents throughout church history. It actually whets the appetite to dig further and find out more about them. And it also can be seen how some of the heresies and false teachings that we see today are nothing new but were battled in the early centuries of the church.
*I received a copy of this book free through Book Look Bloggers from the publisher in exchange for my review.