BELIEFS THAT LIVE by William B. Ward

BELIEFS THAT LIVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book would seem to be addressed to those who are uncertain or doubtful concerning the claim of the Christian faith as set forth in the Apostles' Creed and subsequently interpreted by theology, but one wonders whether the traditional theological orientation, argument and language would reach the audience of the unconvinced. The author considers the affirmations of the Creed, basing his argument on the assumption that belief is an act of conscious understanding and assent and equating it with ""having faith"" and being a ""dedicated Christian"". The Creed is seen as embodying ""the chief themes of the Bible,"" as being ""concrete statements of historical facts"", providing answers to problems of modern daily life. While recognizing the limitations of literal interpretation (""ascended into heaven"" for instance), he fails to suggest a modern counterpart. All in all, while his style is clear though not particularly fresh, he would seem to have written a book persuasive only to those who share his viewpoint.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1963
Publisher: John Knox