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Why were the early Christians willing to die to protect a single iota of the creed? Why have the Judeans, Romans, and Persians—among others—seen the Christian creed as a threat to the established social order? In The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages, bestselling author Dr. Scott Hahn recovers and conveys the creed’s revolutionary character.
Tracing the development of the first formulations of faith in the early Church through later ecumenical councils, The Creed tells the story of how the very profession of our belief in Christ fashions us for heavenly life as we live out our earthly days.
About the Author
Dr. Scott Hahn is the bestselling author of over forty titles, including The Lamb’s Supper and Reasons to Believe. Professor Hahn holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. As Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he is Editor-in-Chief of Emmaus Road Publishing. His Emmaus Road titles include Understanding “Our Father,” Spirit and Life, Scripture Matters, Answering the New Atheism (co-author), and Catholic for a Reason Vols. I–IV (co-editor). He also serves as the McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology at Mundelein Seminary. Dr. Hahn has six children and thirteen grandchildren. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.
For more information, visit ScottHahn.com.
“In an age when subjectivism trumps all, Scott Hahn’s latest book, which emphasizes the objectivity of Christian doctrine, is a bracing tonic. The leitmotif of this work is that we don’t make the creeds; rather, the creeds make us. Further, Dr. Hahn’s exploration of the meaning of the Nicene Creed provides a splendid introduction to the basics of Christian faith.”
—Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Founder of Word On Fire, and Host of the Catholicism series
“A profoundly enjoyable presentation of the history and content of the ‘rule of faith’ that is making us into faithful children of a loving Father.”
—Marcus Grodi, Founder of the Coming Home Network International and host of EWTN’s The Journey Home
“Scott Hahn is one of the most effective teachers of Catholicism today. As Dr. Hahn states, ‘If we don’t get the creed right, we don’t get Jesus right.’ This masterful book enables us to do just that.”
—Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Author and Editor of The Magnificat
“With his usual clarity and engaging prose, Dr. Hahn takes the reader inside and behind the words of the creed that are familiar to every Catholic. In so doing he reintroduces the creed as much more than a summary of doctrines. The creed, in fact, makes us to be persons of faith and a community of faith.”
—Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs
“The ancient word for ‘creed’ is ‘symbol,’ literally the ‘throwing together’ of the Church’s central teachings. In this way, Dr. Hahn’s writings have been a living symbol of faith for a new generation of Christians: bringing together his love of Scripture with his confessed need for the Sacraments, his evangelical zeal for souls today with his understanding that we must all remain rooted in Tradition. Hahn’s latest book on the creed provides all these elements and will lead readers to a deeper love of Jesus Christ and his Christian people.”
—Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Professor of Historical Theology, Saint Louis University and Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
“Scott Hahn has written so many important volumes that readers may think they don’t need to read this new one. Please do not make that mistake. Everyone who is a Christian or who is wondering about Christianity needs this brilliant book.”
—Matthew Levering, The James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary