The Creed is a compendium of the Christian faith: it contains the core truths to which discipleship is our response. This very readable book guides the reader through the Creed, line by line. Each statement is explained and reflected on, in a way that seeks to show the wisdom, beauty and practicality of the faith. Truth by truth and phrase by phrase, this book shows us that the content of the Creed is no mere set of abstractions, but can speak to us in ways that are surprisingly concrete and down to earth.
From the opening ‘I believe’ to the closing ‘Amen’, Christopher Hayden helps us to see that our faith is an inestimable treasure, and encourages us to be more confident in embracing it as a guide for living.
Christopher Hayden is curate of Coolfancy and Shillelagh in the parish of Carnew, Ferns Diocese. He holds a PhD in New Testament studies, and has a particular interest in biblical spirituality and the relationship between faith and culture. He has contributed to Scripture in Church and is the author of Lectio Divina (with John Dutto, 1999), The Diocesan Priesthood: An Explanation and an Invitation (2000), Praying the Scriptures: A Practical Introduction to Lectio Divina (2001) and Come, Let Us Adore: Exploring the Crib at Christmas (2010).
Even faithful Catholics tend to mutter their way through the Creed at Mass, a prayer only marginally less familiar than the Hail Mary or Our Father. Father Chris Hayden’s book is no dry, abstract treatise [but rather] a thought-provoking series of meditations on how our beliefs enable us to live in a way that is full of hope, despite the reality of suffering. An accessible and engaging book, not least because of Fr Hayden’s skilfully crafted writing.
- Breda O’Brien, Religious Education teacher and Irish Times columnist
Writing in a style that is attractive and fascinating, Fr Hayden unpacks the various statements composing the Creed. He shows all the sensitivity of the pastor [and] sets us towards Christ and Calvary where the Son of God carried our sorrows and tasted death for all.
- Tom Norris, priest of the diocese of Ossory, member of the International Theological Commission, and Spiritual Director at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome