67. The Creedal Imperative: Why Creeds? (Part 1/9)

1h 23m | Mar 25, 2024

In this series, Brendon and Skye are going through the book Crisis of Confidence by Carl Trueman – exploring some of the reasons why Christians have normally used creeds to guard the faith, and why Mormons have been anti-creedal since their founding. 

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JSH-1; 1 Ne 13; D&C 46.2 ; D&C 84; D&C 123 

History of the Church, edited by B.H. Roberts (vol.’s 3, 5, and 6) 

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, edited by Joseph Fielding Smith 

The Great Apostasy; Jesus the Christ by James Talmage 

The Truth, the Way, the Life by B.H. Roberts 

“The Mormon Creed” by Orson Pratt 


George A. Smith: JD 13.292-293 

John Taylor: JD 14.267-70 

Wilford Woodruff: JD 24.236 

Mormon Doctrine; A New Witness for the Articles of Faith and “Our Relationship with the Lord” by Bruce R. McConkie  

A Marvelous Work and a Wonder; “Strange Creeds of Christendom” by LeGrand Richards 

“Apostasy and Restoration” by Dallin Oaks 

“The Things of Which I Know” ; “What Are People Asking About Us?” by Gordon Hinckley 

LDS Temple transcript: here and here 


The American Transcendentalists: Essential Writings, edited and with an introduction by Lawrence Buell 

The American Religion by Harold Bloom 

Religious Seekers and the Advent of Mormonism by Dan Vogel 

“’No Creed to Circumscribe My Mind’: Joseph Smith, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Romantic Theology” by Jared Hickman 

“’Build, Therefore, Your Own World’: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joseph Smith, and American Antebellum Thought” by Benjamin E. Park (Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 36, Winter 2010: Iss. 1) 

“Frontier Kantianism: Autonomy and Authority in Ralph Waldo Emerson and Joseph Smith” by Ryan W. Davis [The Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 46, No. 2 (June 2018), pp. 332-359] 

“Minding Business: A Note on the ‘Mormon Creed’” by Michael Hicks (BYU Studies) 

Mormonism; Wrestling the Angel by Terryl Givens (also here

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman 


Christianity and Liberalism; The Person of Jesus by J. Gresham Machen 

Crisis of Confidence: Reclaiming the Historic Faith in a Culture Consumed with Individualism and Identity by Carl Trueman 

Christless Christianity; “Charles Finney v. The Westminster Confession” by Michael Horton 

Institutes of the Christian Religion; Letter to Sadoleto by John Calvin 

The Story of Creeds and Confessions by Ryan Reeves and Donald Fairbairn 

Credo by Jeroslav Pelikan 

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