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Apostles' Creed - Abridged Version

The Apostles' Creed is a living link that takes us over centuries to the Early Church. It's a bond that unites believers today from diverse cultures and traditions. It's a concise summary of Biblical faith taught to new believers in the Early Church prior to their being baptized.

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  • Running Time: 2 hrs

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The Apostles' Creed is a living link that takes us over centuries to the Early Church. It's a bond that unites believers today from diverse cultures and traditions. It's a concise summary of Biblical faith taught to new believers in the Early Church prior to their being baptized.

Here is a two-hour abridged version of the nine-hour curriculum series by award-winning producer-director T.N. Mohan and a special release as part of Christian History Institute's 25th anniversary celebration. The programs demonstrate the timeless power and importance of the Creed and feature an international and interdenominational cast of notable theologians:

Dr. N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham
Dr. Robert Mulholland, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
Dr. Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College, Oxford
Dr. Derek Tidball, Principal, London School of Theology
Dr. Kallistos Ware, Bishop of Diokleia, Oxford
Dr. Martin Marty, Professor of Theological Seminary, London School of Theology
Dr. William Johnson, former Professor of New Testament Theology, Andrew University
Dr. Peter Contrell, former Principal, London School of Theology
Mark Galli, Managing Editor, Christianity Today
Rev. Richard Bewes, former Rector, All Souls Church, London
Dr. Timothy Dudley-Smith, Bishop of Salisbury

The series traces the origin of the Apostles' Creed, placing it in its historical context, and the theologians discuss each phrase of the Creed, emphasizing its relevance and application to our lives today.

Includes Optional English subtitles. Widescreen.

Editorial Reviews

The Apostles' Creed DVD, from Vision Video, is an immensely interesting documentary about the foremost Christian declaration. Teens and Parents alike will enjoy and be enlightened by historical and Scriptural facts about the Apostle's Creed. While we may say the Apostle's Creed regularly in church or as a personal prayer, there are many questions about it that you may or may not have contemplated. The scholars and theologians featured in this documentary have thought about and answered, through Scripture and historical context, many of these questions. Where did the Creed come from? Why do Christians have a Creed? How is the Creed relevant to Christians today? The copy I reviewed it an abridged version of the 13-part curriculum series on the Apostles' Creed. Within this particular DVD, the scholars and theologians discuss each segment of the Creed, its meaning, and its context, both historical and Biblical. Beginning with the simple statement, "I believe..." (What does it mean to believe and why would it be necessary to declare belief in this particular way?), The Apostles' Creed addresses each segment of the Creed completely and thoroughly, using multi-layer interviews with at least 10 of today's top Christian theologians from around the World. The list includes Alastair McGrath, Bishop Wright, Dr. Mulholland, Dr. George, Dr. Tidball, Dr. Lane, and others. Frankly, I found the abridged version tantalizing, leaving me with the desire to participate in the 13-part curriculum. The really exciting part of this experience was that, although The Apostles' Creed is recommended for Adults, some of my children became interested in the show as they walked past; they sat and watched with me. They, too, had questions sparked and then answered with the authoritative and accumulative knowledge from the experts. Reviewed By: Kate O'Mara

When a true journalist writes a news story, the reader shouldn't see that the writer is trying to lead you in one direction or another. After watching the abridged version of The Apostles' Creed DVD, courtesy of Vision Video, I felt as if I had seen good journalism. There certainly were a variety of opinions from various schools of theology, and countless denominations, but no one theory was emphasized. What was pushed was the importance to most early Christians for such a document. Although no one clearly knows the exact date the creed came to be, it's thought to have been introduced in 1st or 2nd century A.D. This was a period of time when those living would not have first hand knowledge of Jesus Christ or his apostles. The earliest appearance of the present Latin text of "The Apostle's Creed" came from a a document from around 710 A.D. So you can see why there has risen so much interest in what the document actually means . That's where these experts come in. They all, pretty much, agree it was widely used by Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Western Orthodox. It's also been discovered that early Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and others used all or parts of the original creed. Some, like myself, see really no need for the creed as long as you have the Bible. But I understand that these early religious peoples were trying to do something good, something for early to "hang there hats on" if you will. Anyway, I think anyone who professes to be a Christian would enjoy this DVD. - Reviewed by Jim Clark - Publisher

I love Christian doctrine. Perhaps that’s because of the way I was brought up. No, it wasn’t that my church taught me to love doctrine. In fact, it taught me to hate it by emphasizing all the things that our group had right that everyone else had wrong. In my youth, doctrine was not about being illuminated by the truth, it was about memorizing arguments that would prove other Christians wrong. But when I finally broke out of that sectarian “remnant” mindset, I discovered that there was a classical Christian tradition that was not bankrupt (as I had been taught). There was indeed a rich foundation, built up out of biblical truth. I fell in love with what I thought I had despised. There were several doors into my new experience: C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity was one, as was John R. W. Stott’s Basic Christianity. Much less celebrated, but equally important to me, was J. I. Packer’s I Want to Be a Christian (later renamed Growing in Christ). At some point—I can’t remember quite when—I realized that one of the best ways to know what is central to Christian faith—what is “Mere” or “Basic”—is to meditate on the Apostles’ Creed. That was an important element in Packer’s I Want to Be a Christian, and I discovered that he was doing what others had done before him: Using the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments as the framework for Christian instruction. Loving music and being curious about church history, I soon realized that this was the same pattern that Martin Luther had followed. And not just in his catechism but in his hymn-writing. That Saxon Renaissance man made these three texts memorable by converting them into rhyming verse and setting them to music: Wir glauben all’ in einen Gott, Vater unser in Himmelreich, and Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot’. * * * This weekend I encountered the Apostles’ Creed again, but this time it wasn’t in a book or in a German hymn. It was on a DVD. Through his company Vision Video, our friend Ken Curtis (the founder of Christian History & Biography) has collaborated with others to bring us The Apostles’ Creed: A look at its origin and its relevance to our lives today. The subtitle ("a look at its origin") does not refer to the historical development of the Creed, of which we know relatively little. We have no evidence for the authorship of the apostles, although pseudo-Augustine asserted it some time in the fifth or sixth century. We do however have late second-century quotations of creedal material by Irenaeus and Tertullian that show very strong parallels to what eventually crystallized in present form by the late seventh century. In between, we have much evidence that churches East and West were using similar material to prepare baptismal candidates. The "origin" in the video's subtitle is instead the Creed's biblical foundations. The program features a number of well-known scholars commenting on the Creed's biblical roots: New Testament historian N. T. (“Tom”) Wright, theologian Alistair McGrath, and historian Martin Marty, among them. Even former Christian History managing editor Mark Galli is among the talking heads. But what is striking about the experience is not simply the quality of the scholars, but the ecumenicity of it all. Besides the Anglicans and Lutheran already mentioned, there’s Baptist Derek Tidball (London School of Theology), Greek Orthodox Kallistos Ware (Bishop of Diokleia, Oxford), Wesleyan Robert Mullholland (Asbury Seminary), and Seventh-day Adventist William Johnson (Andrews University). * * * To someone whose upbringing taught him to pay attention to Christian differences, listening to voices from these varied tradition sing in unison is an attention-getting experience. But this Apostles’ Creed DVD is not the velvet ecumenism that plays down doctrine. It is the diamond-hard ecumenism that brilliantly celebrates the central truths of the faith and explains them all by referencing their biblical foundations. This is the Christian tradition the way evangelicals love it: stated clearly and explained in explicitly biblical terms. The result is that where the biblical text is (nearly) silent, the doctrine is skimmed over. Thus “he descended into hell” gets a brief commentary, but the more fanciful interpretations are ignored in favor of stressing the biblical truth that the Christ fully and truly died. Similarly, because of the biblical grounding of these teachers, their comments on “the resurrection of the body” emphasize the unity of body and soul in the biblical picture of the human person. No soul-body dualism for these theologians. This DVD is a two-hour abridged version of a series that is eventually going to run 13 or 14 hours (available Fall 2008). But the editors have made the two hours of talking heads move right along. There are a lot of quick cuts between speakers, often allowing just a phrase to escape Alistair McGrath’s lips before Derek Tidball or Kallistos Ware takes over. The pace is fast (well, except for Bishop Ware, who speaks ponderously—the basso profundo to Martin Marty’s high-strung tenor). * * * I conclude with a tip of the hat to William Johnson. This Adventist New Testament scholar is the opposite of my Adventist upbringing. Biblically centrist and absolutely clear on what is “Mere” and “Basic.” Like Tom Wright, Johnson explains the judgment as God’s welcome setting things to rights, rather than as the day an angry God metes out punishment. Johnson also explains the book of Revelation as being about the cosmic restoration of all things in Christ, rather than, well, what seems to fascinate the people who want to sell you the apocalyptic decoder ring. If you study the Bible, you will understand the Apostles’ Creed with great depth. If you study the Apostles’ Creed, you will discover what is “Mere” and “Basic” in the Bible. If you watch this video, you’ll have a good start on both. - David Neff, editor in chief & vice-president ChristianityToday media group Ancient Evangelical Future.

Scholars from several Christian traditions dig into a phrase-by-phrase meaning of the Creed. The noted theologians emphasize the Creed's historical context as well as its relevance and application for today. The seventeen phrase segments are organized into four 30-minute lessons. This is an inspiring curriculum choice for group discussions; it is not too deep for the average lay person. Christian education leaders will appreciate the good discussion questions in the 46-page guide that can be printed from the Vision Video web site.

This is an amazing 2-hour presentation of a future project that will be 12 hours long. Award-winning producer and director T.N. Mohan brings together a number of outstanding scholars to demonstrate the power and the importance of this Creed. This is one of the MOST significant international and interdenominational cast of theologians you will see on one film. This is another must have from the Christian History Institute. I believe it is time once again to recapture and emphasize the relevance of the Apostles' Creed in our lives today! - Christian Screen Insights by Dr. Douglas M. Downs

Customer Reviews

I used The Apostles’ Creed for my adult Sunday School Class with excellent results.  Our class grew from an average of 22 individuals to almost 40 by the end of the class.  The diversity of the theologians combined with the clarity of their explanations enabled our class to have lively and enlightening discussions. 

- Apostles' Creed Abridged version

There is nothing like the Apostles' Creed to help us explore the foundations and the bedrock of our faith. This program uses leading scholars and experts to dive deeply into the tenants of our faith by expounding on the Apostles' Creed line by line. They begin with the simple phrase I believe asking what is tied up in these two small words? The experts come from a variety of denominations giving us a wide perspective and much to discuss. I love this program for group study. The associated study guide is full of awesome discussion questions and activities. In fact, the guide that goes with the longer version of the program has even more to offer in terms of classroom resources. I recommend using the shorter version program with the longer version guide for a great classroom experience.

- Really excellent

This was used as a five week adult ed study of the Creed. I thought it was so good and so did the attendees that we are going to use the unabridged one next year. I do have one quibble, however it's basically 12 or so WHITE MEN. I see the unabridged has a woman theologian, but she does not appear here. And still not one theologian of color? The theologians are superb, so don't get me wrong, but it IS 2013.
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