The Apostles' Creed is the most ancient statement of the Christian faith still in regular use in the church today. Children are taught to memorize it, anyone who prays the Rosary says it at the beginning of each set of mysteries, and it remains one of the basic prayers in the Catholic canon. Yet where did it come from, what does it actually mean, and why are we called to believe it? In this well-researched, engaging, and accessible book, author Brian Schmisek carefully explains each of what the church calls the twelve "articles" of the Apostles' Creed and explores their meaning for a twenty-first century faith. Included at the end of each chapter is a "bottom line" summary of that article of the creed and questions for discussion on how the belief can impact daily life.
"Dr. Brian Schmisek is an excellent teacher! In Ancient Faith for the Modern World he provides an article-by-article treatment about the meaning of the Apostles Creed, teaching us as he goes with both theological depth and charming wit. He includes a summary of key beliefs about each article along with discussion questions for small group or personal use. This is a powerful and user-friendly "manual" and I'd like to put it into the hands of every teacher and catechist in the Church, whether in elementary years, RCIA, adult formation, or youth ministry."
-Bill Huebsch is author of Jesus the Master Catechist (2014, Twenty-Third Publications) along with many other works related to catechist and adult formation.
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