Monday, May 7, 2012

A Perfect Version of The Reformed Creeds?

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee... I like my hardbound Westminster Standards, and I also like my hardbound copy of the Three Forms of Unity, but I sure would like them all together in one volume, and I'd sure like to be able to lay them out flat on the table without laying an encyclopedia along the top edge so it will lay open flat"?

If so, I present to you my favorite new copy of the Ecumenical and Reformed Creeds and Confessions:

It won't win any awards for sexiness.  Steve Jobs won't sing your praises from the grave for the beauty of its design.  However, it is amazing.  Gaze upon its beauty.

As if the always-lays-flat design weren't already extremely useful, check out the tabs on the side allowing you to quickly load your weapon of choice.

This particular print is printed at Mid-America Reformed Seminary and been around since 1991, so I'm hardly the first person to own this.  However, I've found it hard to believe that people have not been singing this volume's praises from the mountaintops before now.

It has a preface by Nelson Kloosterman, and it contains The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The Form of Subscription, The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism (with Scripture proofs), The Canons of Dort, The Westminster Confession, The Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism.

There is only one downside, and that is the absence of scripture proofs in the Westminster Standards section.  Such would have been invaluable for devotional reading purposes.  However, these are small qualms considering the richness of this volume.  It is not perfect, but it is... nearly perfect.  I commend it to you, and I wish to thank Dave Alexander from my church for giving this to me.  He saw how much I admired it and gave it to me out of grace and kindness, from one brother in the Lord to another.

You can find this copy of the Reformed Creeds here.

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