A welcome clump of Creed-related works have emerged in recent years. Seems Christendom is once again feeling its need for legs to stand on, a desire for the fleshy structure and tradition of sound doctrine and proven faith. But why Nicene Christianity as the basis for this new ecumenism? The editor and contributors of this instructive volume (representing nearly all the major denominational traditions) would respond, because the creeds anchor the church in those beliefs and practices without which Christian identity and unity are no more than a nuanced anomaly. Because, beyond this mental understanding, ''the creeds call for more than liturgical confession. Understood correctly, they invite the practice of theology into the center of the life of the church.'' This collection of theological papers, loosely divided into chapters by each phrase of the Nicene creed -- and including the likes of Colin Gunton, Robert Jenson, William Abraham, Alan Torrance, Augustine DiNoia and Vigen Guroian -- delves into particulars with the intent of avoiding reduction for the sake of unity. Here, as stated so well by Philip Turner in the introduction, is the matrix (however ideal it may seem) for a new ecumenism: ''The practice of a form of life rooted in humility, repentance, and charity; the forms of church order capable of protecting and furthering both the rule of faith and the form of life... in which the grace of God unifies his people.''
An Eighth Day View:
What was the relationship between the church, Scripture, and the creeds of the early church? What implications do these creeds, specifically the Nicene Creed, have in today's postmodern, ecumenical context?
Nicene Christianity presents some of the world's premier theologians in an exploration and exposition of the Nicene Creed and explores the practical implications of confessing the Creed as Christians, then and now.