Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition

Set: Credo, Creeds vols. 1-3, and CD-ROM

Edited by Jaroslav Pelikan and Valerie R. Hotchkiss

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This remarkable four-volume set assembles the principal creeds and confessions of the Christian Church, from biblical times to the present and from all over the globe, and places them in their historical and theological context. An introductory volume, Credo, by eminent church historian Jaroslav Pelikan, surveys the history of these creeds, delves into the meaning and purpose of creeds, and probes the issues and controversies that spawn new creeds, as well as the origins of new religious movements within Christianity.

The set includes over 225 texts, with translations from many languages. Pelikan and Hotchkiss provide a brief introduction to each creed and confession, as well as commentary and notes identifying its biblical and other sources. A massive and unique comparative index serves as a comprehensive guide, doctrine by doctrine, to all the creeds and confessions. And a CD-ROM, which contains all the translated texts in their original languages, is also included.

Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University and was the first John W. Kluge Scholar at the Library of Congress. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes and is the author of numerous books, including The Christian Tradition in five volumes, Jesus Through the Centuries, Christianity and Classical Culture, and The Vindication of Tradition. Valerie Hotchkiss is Professor of Medieval Studies at Southern Methodist University and J. S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian and Director of Bridwell Library. Her books include Clothes Make the Man: Female Transvestism in Medieval Europe and, with Jaroslav Pelikan and David Price, The Reformation of the Bible/The Bible of the Reformation, published by Yale University Press.

(parts 1-3)Volume 1Part One: Rules of Faith in the Early ChurchPart Two: Eastern Orthodox Affirmations of FaithPart Three: Medieval Western Statements of Faith

"This magisterial collection of creedal and confessional statements from various Christian Churches and communities is a major academic achievement, and responds to the need felt by many for a kind of Enchiridion Symbolorum. It promises to be of great value to scholars and non-specialists alike."—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (elected as Pope Benedict XVI, 19 April 2005)

"A monumental and marvelous work of scholarship, the worthy successor to Philip Schaff’s Creeds of Christendom. . . . Get a library near you to buy it and spend some time reading and looking through it. The books are physically beautiful, and the introductions, bibliographies and indexes are models of their kind. . . . Scholars will consult these volumes to answer all sorts of particular questions; interested readers should find just thumbing through them endlessly fascinating. . . . Pelikan and Hotchkiss have produced what will be the standard work for decades to come. . . . No resource will be more valuable . . . than these volumes."—William C. Placher, Christian Century

"What Philip Schaff’s Creeds of Christendom has given to scholars for the past 125 years, the new Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition will provide into the foreseeable future; and it will do so in an enhanced fashion, thanks to technical innovations and greater comprehensiveness. From the Scriptures to Faith and Order’s Lima text on ’Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry’ and the Lutheran-Catholic ’Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification’ the sweep of the material presented both in original languages and in English translation is truly magnificent. Jaroslav Pelikan’s companion volume, Credo, offers a historically learned commentary and systematically acute interpretation that elevates the project from a work of reference, immensely valuable in itself, to an original contribution on the themes, forms and functions of Christian confessions of faith."—Geoffrey Wainwright, Cushman Professor of Christian Theology, Duke University

"The sweep of the material presented is truly magnificent. Jaroslav Pelikan’s companion volume, Credo, elevates the project from a work of reference, immensely valuable in itself, to an original contribution on the themes, forms and functions of Christian confessions of faith.”—Geoffrey Wainwright, Cushman Professor of Christian Theology, Duke University

"With world-wide scope and fully contemporary coverage added to profound historical learning and unusual theological sensitivity, this splendid work is not only a superb replacement for Philip Schaff’s much-honored Creeds of Christendom, but also a stunning contribution to world Christian scholarship in its own right."—Mark A. Noll, author of America’s God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, History Dept., Wheaton College

Creeds and Confessions of Faith supercedes Philip Schaff’s great multi-volume collection of creeds first published in 1870. There is no doubt that this new capacious assemblage will be the standard resource for the next century and an indispensable tool for serious theological research. The companion volume, Credo, proves once again —if proof were needed—why Jaroslav Pelikan, learned, passionate, and literate, is the premier historical theologian of our time.”—Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame 

“This massive work covers a large subject with a carefully considered programme for a standard work of reference which serious historians of the Christian Tradition will find indispensable. Jaroslav Pelikan has the depth and range to plan and control it.”—Sir Henry Chadwick, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity, Cambridge (Honorary Dr. of Yale, Harvard and University of Chicago, many other affiliations)

“By including additional and better texts as well as useful introductions, this monumental work is more than a replacement of Schaff’s Creeds of Christendom. By placing each creed in its historical and theological context, the authors illuminate the steps and missteps of doctrinal history.”—Charles Caldwell Ryrie, author of The Ryrie Study Bible

“Jaroslav Pelikan and Valerie Hotchkiss’s Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, with Professor Pelikan’s Credo, far exceeds our expectations. The exhaustive collection of texts with erudite commentaries replaces all works of its kind. These are books to be used.”—Thomas Hopko, Dean of St. Vladimmir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

“The definitive edition of the primary documents of Christian belief and worship—complete with a masterful interpretation of the meaning of these texts. This remarkable collection will be used for generations to come. Indispensable for all serious students of the Christian tradition.”—Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and an executive of Christianity Today

“This is a significant contribution to the world of theological study, providing a comprehensive comparative guide to Christian creeds and confessions. It should be an extremely useful resource for theological students and teachers as they seek a deeper understanding of the development of normative Christian theology.”—The Most Reverend George L. Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury 

"As might be expected, this is a wholly magisterial survey of an immense quantity of disparate material. I can think of no other work that remotely approaches what this sets out to do, and I have no doubt at all that it will become one of the indispensable works of reference for any theological scholar."—Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 

"Jaroslav Pelikan has written a work which is likely to become a—perhaps the—major resource on the development of Christian creeds and confessions for both scholars and ecumenists alike."—The Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe

Jaroslav Pelikan is Co-Winner of the 2004 John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Received Honorable Mention for the 2003 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Awards Competition in the Multi-Volume Reference/Humanities category
ISBN: 9780300093919
Publication Date: July 11, 2003
3344 pages, 7 x 10
The Vindication of Tradition

The 1983 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Jaroslav Pelikan

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Jesus Through the Centuries

His Place in the History of Culture

Jaroslav Pelikan; With a new Preface by the author

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Development of Christian Doctrine

Some Historical Prolegomena

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Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition

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Christianity and Classical Culture

The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter with Hellenism

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