I did a review on Preston’s blog of Michael Bird’s What Christians Ought to Believe, a look at the Apostles’ Creed; you can find the review here. Great book, and I hope it gets the use that it deserves. A quote from the review with some Augustinian flavor for those of you who have followed this blog.
“This year I attended the National Day of Prayer at the Idaho Capitol, naively thinking it would be the Church gathering to pray for the nation. It wasn’t. Instead, it was a recommitment ceremony between Church and state. Or, a one-sided ceremony celebrating the Church’s commitment to America (I’m not sure that America is as committed as we are – it’s not us, it’s her). The normal rites followed: Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, “God Bless America”, “America, the Beautiful”, America as fallen “city on a hill”, confusion of nation with Church. I was encouraged that attendees were few and aging. The ceremony reminded me of the soul-shaping ceremony that the Church needs to be living weekly in worship, except idolatrous devotion to Country had replaced appropriate rites to God and Church. We are the Church, with a citizenship liturgy oriented to the Kingdom of God: Baptism, not the Pledge; Eucharist, not the National Anthem; our Lord’s Prayer, not “America, the Beautiful”; creeds, not “God Bless America”….I hope that God and Country ceremonies represent American Evangelicalism’s past; I pray that Bird and What Christians Ought to Believe represents global Evangelicalism’s future – biblical and theological, doctrinally sound and missional, Evangelical and ecumenical, gracious and truthful, intelligent and practical, inviting us into the full wonder of our large and loving God.”