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EXPOSITION

OF

THE APOSTLES' CREED

By

THE REV. JAMES DODDS, D.D.

Though I am an old Doctor of Divinity, to this day I have not got beyond the children's learning the Ten Commandments, the Belief, and the Lord's Prayer; and these I understand not so well as I should, though I study them daily, praying with my son John and my daughter Magdalen. LUTHER'S Table Talk .

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL NOTE

PREFATORY NOTE

INTRODUCTION

ARTICLE

1 I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

SECTION 1. I BELIEVE 2. GOD 3. THE FATHER 4. ALMIGHTY 5. MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

2 AND IN JESUS CHRIST HIS ONLY SON OUR LORD

SECTION 1. AND IN JESUS CHRIST 2. JESUS 3. CHRIST 4. HIS ONLY SON 5. OUR LORD

3 WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY GHOST, BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY

4 SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DEAD, AND BURIED

SECTION 1. SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE 2. WAS CRUCIFIED 3. DEAD 4. AND BURIED

5 HE DESCENDED INTO HELL, THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD

SECTION 1. HE DESCENDED INTO HELL 2. THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD

6 HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND SITTETH ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY

7 FROM THENCE HE SHALL COME TO JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD

8 I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY GHOST

9 THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

SECTION 1. THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH 2. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

10 THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS

11 THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY

12 AND THE LIFE EVERLASTING

APPENDIX

FOOTNOTES

SOME BOOKS ON THE APOSTLES' CREED OR BEARING UPON ARTICLES THEREOF

EDITORIAL NOTE

Dr. Dodds' Exposition of the Apostles' Creed will supply a real need. It contains a careful, well informed, and well balanced statement of the doctrines of the Church which are expressed or indicated in the Creed, and it will be helpful to many as arranging the passages of Scripture on which these doctrines rest. Though historical references could have been easily made, the Editors agree with the author in thinking that to insert them in the discussion of doctrines would have probably perplexed the readers for whom the book is designed.

February 1896.

PREFATORY NOTE

The title and purpose of this Handbook limit its subject matter to an exposition of the doctrines which have place in the summary of belief termed the Apostles' Creed. It is not meant to cover the whole field of Christian doctrine.

A history of the Creed has not been attempted. There is much that is interesting in its origin and growth. It did not come into existence all at once, but was built up from time to time by the insertion of clauses formulated by Councils or by leading representatives of the Christian Church. The space available is not sufficient to include a history.

The Handbook being not controversial but expository, references to the heretics and heresies that gave occasion for the articles which have place in the Creed are few and brief.

JAMES DODDS.

THE APOSTLES' CREED

INTRODUCTION

While the disciples had Jesus with them, there was no occasion for a formal summary of the doctrines which His followers were called to accept and to maintain. He was present to resolve all doubts and settle all difficulties, so that when their faith was assailed or their teaching impugned they could refer to Him. Then, as now, faith had Him for its object, with this difference, that He was visibly at hand to counsel and to direct, while now He is passed into the heavens and guides His people into all truth, not by personal instruction but by His invisible though ever present Spirit... Continue reading book >>




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