The Apostles' Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism // Ben Myers.

You recite it. But do you understand it?

I remember the first few times I recited the Apostles' Creed. I was in 6th grade. No body told me why we recited it, much less what we were saying. It was on the screen and people were reading aloud, so I followed suit. I even remember memorizing it for some youth group game. Truly, an environment that cares so little about explaining the creed --  or anything else -- tends to foster people who equally care little about its importance. 

The fact that I memorized the Apostles' Creed when I was 12 speaks of its pedagogical simplicity. It is a rule of faith -- or rule of thumb -- of Christianity. Certainly, the Creed is not the whole of Christian faith, but also it is not skimpy in its theological depth! 

In this short and clear analysis, Ben Myers has exposited the Creed's depths with such elegant prose. To be sure, he is intentional in limiting himself to one or two things about each line in the Creed -- he does not assume to have the final or definitive word! And it is enough, or more than enough, for a light yet meaningful read. This is, as one endorser says, "popular theology in the best sense of that term, making accessible the great truths of the Christian faith." I just wish I had this sooner -- like when I was in 6th grade! 

One curious thing about his exposition of the third article: this is supposed to be the "Holy Spirit's article," yet I found very little about him. Perhaps, I'm mistaken to think along pseudo-tritheistic lines! But I wish to know how he might think the gift of the Holy Spirit relates to, say, communion of saints, forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection of the body.