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A Quick Look at the Apostles’ Creed by Philip van Heusen explores the background and theology of the traditional Christian statement of belief. Chapter One commences with Peter’s confession in Matthew 16:16, while Chapter Two explores the first tenant of the manifesto, involving God the Father. Chapter Three covers assertions about Christ, while Chapter Four covers the significance of the virgin birth. Chapter Five asserts Christ experienced the sorrows of life as a human. Chapter Six discusses the crucifixion while Chapter Seven covers the resurrection, and Chapter Eight examines the statements regarding the ascension. Chapter Nine discusses the Holy Spirit, while Chapter Ten affirms the role of the church and Chapter Eleven discusses the declaration regarding the fellowship of saints. Chapter Twelve analyses forgiveness and Chapter Thirteen concludes with the promise of eternal life.
A Quick Look at the Apostles’ Creed by Philip van Heusen is a mindful study of a focal piece of Christian heritage. I liked the way the writer established a sound position by quoting texts that established an essential part of belief in expressing that conviction. I was especially interested in the clarification of the understanding of “Hell” in New Testament times. Another great section covered the origin of denominational diversity, something which is a pertinent issue for modern philosophers. I also appreciated the inclusive discussion of Christian friendship and involvement in the community. Overall, van Heusen's volume is perfectly designed for its target audience of affiliated Christians.