The Apostles' Creed; Its Origin, Its Purpose, and Its Historical Interpretation a Lecture, with Critical Notes
by Arthur Cushman McGiffert (9781236514660)

The Apostles' Creed; Its Origin, Its Purpose, and Its Historical Interpretation a Lecture, with Critical Notes
 
Arthur Cushman McGiffert
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 48
Category: General
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
ISBN: 9781236514660
ISBN-10: 1236514661



This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...shows. Moreover, if they belonged originally to R, their subsequent omission is very difficult to explain. It is quite possible that the phrases which Irenaeus has in common with the eastern symbols of a later day were already current in the east and were brought thence by him without yet having been incorporated into a creed. Or it is equally possible that they took their rise with him and found their way into the eastern creed under his influence. All of them have their explanation in Irenaeus' own theology or in his polemics, and it is easier to understand them as originating with him than with anybody else. In the light of these considerations, it may fairly be concluded, in agreement with Harnack jf and Kattenbusch, that R originated in Rome, not in the orient. V The Purpose Of The Old Roman Symbol And Its Historical Interpretation The purpose for which the Old Roman Symbol was composed cannot be finally determined until we have completed our study of its contents. But it is important before we take up the several articles in detail, to notice the situation that existed in Rome at the time the creed was framed, that we may see whether it throws any light upon the matter. Our study has led to the conclusion that R originated in Rome about the middle of the second century, or not long thereafter. But heresy was then rife in Rome, and was causing serious alarm within the church. If a creed was framed there at that particular time, we should expect it to take some notice of the errors which were making so much trouble; and if no creed existed before, so that its formation constituted an innovation, it would be natural to see in the false teachings, which were now for the first time causing alarm, the primary reason for its composition. We come...

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