From Story to Creed

John Renard

in Islam and Christianity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520255081
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948334 | DOI:
From Story to Creed

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Creedal dimensions in both the Christian and the Islamic traditions include four areas of particular importance. This chapter focuses on two dimensions, narrative theology and creeds. Narrative theology is an important form of expression of belief in both traditions. Fundamental intuitions and convictions about God, creation, and humanity typically take shape first in stories that give voice to often complex worldviews. Both traditions have also articulated prime narratives that enshrine the earliest summaries of the core teachings of the faith. Three Christian creedal formulae have been prominent as summaries of the faith in many denominations and have been used in ritual or liturgical settings to varying degrees. They are the Apostles' creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Arguably the earliest Islamic creedal summaries appear in Qur'ānic texts that enjoin Muslims to believe in God and his Messenger (Muhammad), in the Qur'ān, the sacred texts given to his predecessor prophets, and in God's angels, scriptures, and the day of judgment. Prophetic revelation is the bedrock of the Islamic creed.

Keywords: creed; Christian tradition; Islamic tradition; narrative theology; Qur'ān

Chapter.  7665 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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