Throughout her long history, Christ’s Church has been united and divided by words. For that reason, our creeds and confessions often have mixed reputations: they are the pure apostolic tradition; they are ephemera of a political moment; they are hammers against heretics; they are manifestos for schism. These reputations reflect the complex relationship that our joint professions have both to the Church’s ancient roots and her present moment. To help us navigate that complex relationship, Donald Fairbairn and Ryan Reeves trace The Story of Creeds and Confessions through Church history, situating these documents back into the contentious moments that gave them rise. In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, David Grubbs interviews Dr. Donald Fairbairn, Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and co-author of The Story of Creeds and Confessions: Tracing the Development of the Christian Faith (Baker Academic, 2019).

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