The Need for Creeds

Religion / Sermons and audio

Looking for something to do this weekend? You could much worse than listening to this rebroadcast of a favorite episode of Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett:

“For many modern Americans, the very idea of reciting an unchanging creed, composed centuries ago, is troublesome. But, Jaroslav Pelikan, who died on May 13, 2006, was a scholar who devoted his life to exploring the vitality of ancient theology and creeds. He insisted that even modern pluralists need strong statements of belief.

Here, we revisit Krista’s 2003 conversation with him, who, then, in his 80th year, had released a historic collection of Christian faith from biblical times to the present and from across the globe. They discuss the history and nature of creeds, and how a fixed creed can be reconciled with an honest, intellectual faith that changes and evolves.”

Audio can be found here.

(Krista was my next door neighbor in at Yale while we were in seminary together. In addition to being a brilliant communicator, she taught me to make a mean carbonara sauce.)

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  1. This is one of my favorite Speaking of Faith episodes, there is a lot here to chew on, thanks for the reminder!

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