Christians often find the Creed as tedious as a contract, and orthodoxy dull as dirt. In these lively pages – written for Christians and non-Christians alike – Dwight Longenecker shows that, on the contrary, orthodoxy is exciting and the Creed the beginning of a grand, mysterious adventure.
Fr. Longenecker demonstrates that, like an ornate cathedral– rich with endless nuances of light and shade– the Creed teases with paradoxical possibilities; it bursts with magnificent meaning and unexpected, eternal insights. It sweeps away nihilism, challenges indifference, and uproots religion grown stale and pedestrian. In a word, says Longenecker, the Creed catapults believers to the brink of mystery and invites them to dwell there, in silent wonder and contemplation.
Here you’ll finally encounter the Creed as it really is a striking affirmation that bears us not into theological dead ends, but unto a world that never ends; not into an obsolete medieval universe – closed, dark, and dying – but unto a bright and exciting world that moves in ever increasing spirals of glory, a world to which the only natural response is a grateful and hearty “Amenl”
“Here is Catholic orthodoxy, as heavy as the universe, made to dance like the universe. Reading this is like coming upon old Augustine dressed up like St. Francis We may have another Chesterton coming along here ” Thomas Howard, author, Splendor in the Ordinary