The Quest for the Creed

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The Quest for the Creed

What the Apostles Really Believed, and Why It Matters

Exploring the startling statements that the Apostles’ creed makes about the nature of God, man, and the universe, this guide reveals the challenge and paradoxical beauty of a Christian cornerstone. A fresh, appealing examination of an often overlooked prayer.

Penned by a prominent convert from Anglicanism to Catholicism, this lively book seizes on the scintillating relevance of the Apostles' creed, amplifying every word so that the true meaning of the prayer rings in our ears and resounds in our hearts. Longenecker inspires a faith that encourages action and gets us to question our assumptions and test our truths, not sleep in our easy chairs.

With his profound understanding of scripture, history, doctrine, parish life, and the human longing for truth, Fr. Dwight Longenecker brushes the dust of centuries off the prayer that begins with the radical statement, “I believe.” An engaging second look at the Christian faith for discerning readers.

Reviews and endorsements

"In this exciting book, Longenecker follows in the imaginative footsteps of Chesterton and Lewis. He sees and seizes the thrill of truth with insights of pyrotechnic brilliance.”
Joseph Pearce, author, Through Shakespeare’s Eyes


“Here is orthodoxy as heavy as the universe, made to dance like the universe. Reading this is like coming upon old Augustine dressed up like St. Francis.”
Thomas Howard, author of Evangelical is Not Enough


"This book never shies away from difficult points of doctrine nor tries to soft sell beliefs offensive to the ‘enlightened’ modern mind. To the contrary, Longenecker jumps into those points of difficulty and controversy with the raw abandon of a young boy launching himself into a swimming pool on the first day of summer. His infectious enthusiasm and rollicking style makes for a fast but thoughtful read—a commendable accomplishment.”
Carl E. Olson, best-selling author and editor of Ignatius Insight


“G.K. Chesterton says that in the modern world, it is a very bold and solid thing to assert ‘This is true. I believe it.’ Fr. Dwight Longenecker dares to do this, with a verve, wit and joy that will encourage and delight the timid, the doubtful and the inquisitive.”
Dale Ahlquist, president, American Chesterton Society

Paperback / 192 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5