RootedThe Apostles' Creed
by Raymond F. Cannata & Joshua D. Reitano
Summary:A step-by-step look at the meaning of the tenets of the historic Apostles' Creed.
Availability:Now available in print, ePub, Mobi/Kindle, and PDF formats.
About The Authors
Raymond F. Cannata is the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, LA.
Joshua D. Reitano is the Lead Pastor and church planter for New City Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH.
To learn more about Ray and Josh, click here.
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Christians have, for centuries, found unity and solidarity through the confession of faith found in the Apostles’ Creed. Many learned it as children, while others only became familiar with it later in life; some can recite it by memory, some in song, but all using the same essential words.
Yet, familiar though it is, do we understand its meaning? When we profess, Sunday by Sunday, these historic words, do we have a full grasp of what it is we are professing?
In Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed, Dr. Raymond Cannata and Rev. Joshua Reitano teach us and refresh us in our understanding of what these important truths mean. Taking a little bit at a time, this book will guide you through a comprehensive understanding of the principles contained in the beloved Creed.
Print Page Count:
5.83 x 8.27 in.
Cannata and Reitano's book on the Apostle's Creed is crucially important at this time for Christians in America. As the baptismal creed of the early Church (the creed that people had to confess at baptism and thus for entry into the Church), it lays out with utmost concision and clarity what C. S. Lewis memorably called "mere Christianity." Unfortunately, in this day, mere Christianity is not good enough for many professing Christians. Fundamentalists, who like everything spelled out in terms of a naive biblicism, see in the Apostle's creed too much latitude for legitimate Christian faith. And theological liberals, who hate the encumbrances of doctrines that might put them at odds with the reigning secular ideologies (doctrines such as the Virgin Birth, Hell, and Judgment), see in the Apostle's creed outdated dogmas that no right-thinking contemporary Christians ought to accept. In response to these two polarizing streams, Cannata and Reitano's book provides a much needed corrective. They brilliantly explain each of the key statements of this creed, their explanations being rooted at once in classical Christian orthodoxy, but also brought up to date by addressing current challenges to the Christian faith. Mere Christianity is under threat. These days, C. S. Lewis himself could teach at neither fundamentalist nor liberal seminaries. This timely and profound book demonstrates the need for mere Christianity and how it can be recovered.
William A. Dembski
Senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture
Author of The Design Revolution
Sharp, pithy, engaging, humorous, informative—this fine little book will be useful to pastors and laypeople and even skeptics. It confronts the tough questions and harsh realities of our time with the astounding claims of the Apostles’ Creed, offering a serious challenge to all who desire to live faithfully in Christ and his church.
Ralph C. Wood
University Professor of Theology and Literature
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
The authors analyze the Apostles Creed in a manner that is simultaneously scholarly and entertaining. Dr. Cannata's and Rev. Reitano's backgrounds as church planters, a church historian, and a performance entertainer blend together in the unfolding of this valuable text. They take an ancient cliche document and bring it to life for a 21st century population, both of believers and those who are seeking the gift of faith.
Richard Gardiner, Ph.D.
History Education Professor
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
Christian, what do you believe? 1800 years ago, Christians summarized their answer to this question in what has come to be known as the Apostles’ Creed. Written in an engaging style, Cannata and Reitano explain its continuing relevance in Rooted: The Apostles’ Creed. Their careful yet lively analysis describes the meaning and significance of the creed for individual Christians and the church at large today.
Professor of Religion and Humanities
Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Ray and Josh know where they come from and this book is like being led back to your hometown and reminded of the experiences and realities that shaped your life. With a challenging vision and consistently irenic tone, Rooted is a pastorally masterful romp through the Christian faith that will inspire your mind and refresh your soul. By the end, you will know where you come from as well.
Author, The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus Into the Thorny Places
All Souls Fellowship, Decatur, GA
The fierce winds and rains of Hurricane Katrina exposed the weak substructures of physical levees and social systems corroded by injustice and neglect. But, most of the majestic, aged oak trees of Audubon Park and the Gulf Coast still stand today, because they are deeply and widely ROOTED. With this book, Ray Cannata and Josh Reitano explore a root system that has provided strength enough for the church to withstand the winds of adversity across cultures and centuries. This study of the Apostles Creed will not only strengthen your church family's root system in worship and fellowship, it will help equip you and your congregation for the crosswinds of intergenerational, intercultural mission.
Dr. Gregory Perry
Associate Professor of New Testament & Director of the City Ministry Initiative
Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, MO
The Apostles Creed has guided, inspired, and equipped the church for faithful witness since the earliest days of the Christian movement. The authors unpack the Creed’s ringing theological claims persuasively. Any congregation that works through the Creed with this book as its resource will find its faith in Christ and commitment to serve him obediently greatly strengthened.
Darrell L. Guder
Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Rooted is ancient medicine for the ailing North American church. Cannata and Reitano don’t just cynically decry the modern Christian’s failure to know what they believe and why they believe it—they offer an antidote in the time-tested wisdom of the Apostle’s Creed. This is no dry theological tome; Rooted pops with illustrations and application which capture the beauty of the biblical story. If you’re on the lookout for a rich summary of biblical truth that you can confidently utilize to grow strong Christ-followers — this is it!
Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, Crystal River, FL
In a day and age of 'cafeteria style' Christianity where 'whatever works for you' is championed and the hard won-faith of our fathers is often neglected if not outright ignored, it's refreshing to see this work by Ray Cannata & Josh Reitano.
The 'make it up as you go along' approach that has been utilized by some of the present day manifestations of the Church attempting to be relevant has resulted in a certain losing of the baby with the bath water. Such strains of the faith often lose the richness of the Creed's evangelical heritage. Under this quick rush to be relevant & innovative, the Apostle's Creed, which has united almost all of Christendom for 2000 years, has (sadly) often gone missing in action.
Enter Cannata & Reitano. C.S.Lewis has said that perhaps the best poet is more like a theologian at the top of his game; and likewise, a great theologian, when in top form is closer to the spirit of a poet. I get that same sense from the authors among these pages.
The authors argue that the Creed, by reinforcing the non-negotiables of 'the faith once for all delivered to the saints,' reminds us in not only of 'the best story there has ever been,' but it also of it's continued immediacy & relevancy now. Further, the Creed calls us to a community where our new found identity is nurtured, grown and sustained.
Written in a non-academic and readable style, Ray & Josh highlight this non-static, dynamic, 'present-ness' of the Creed. They call us to reckon the nearness of the Lord to Whom the Creed has precisely testified to for centuries. The Church has, as one of her treasures, a Creed that succinctly declares that God, as Creator, Redeemer and Rebuilder of the world through His Spirit in the Church, is very much with us indeed!
The Creed thus bears precise testimony the Father who loves us and is inexorably committed to us. This is a timely book for the Church and for all who wish to reinvigorate their love for the Truth of Christ that the Apostle's Creed bears witness to.
Musician, Vigilantes of Love
(named one of Paste magazine's top 100 songwriters of all time)
I love this book and will use it in the pulpit and classroom alike, along with my own journey with Christ. It isn’t often that scholarship, relevance, humor and pastoral warmth converge in the same book, but thanks to the authors’ careful treatment and shepherding instincts, they have done so in Rooted. It was difficult to put the book down because Ray and Josh were able to take the reader back to the conflicts and passions that drove the writing of this magnificent Creed, while capturing the heart of the gospel: “The Christian story is ultimately hopeful.” It makes this ancient document very ‘human,’ and for this, I am in their debt.
Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
In Rooted, Cannata and Reitano have created a valuable guide that unpacks the Apostles' Creed for a contemporary audience. They draw upon church Fathers and Reformers, as well as current evangelical leaders, to explain and apply the Creed to our lives in ways that are immediately practical and pastoral. The combination of scripture, stories, sermons, and insights, together with study questions after each chapter, makes for an accessible and useful text for Christians young and old, both new converts and those who have confessed the Creed for decades.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Cannata and Reitano bring the Apostles’ Creed to life as a tried and tested source of lived wisdom for Christians. But Rooted: the Apostles’ Creed is much more than merely an illuminating exposition of the Creed. It offers an engaging exploration of the plot and logic of the Christian theological tradition and challenges readers to root their daily lives in such realities. Rich in pastoral insight and readily accessible to a broad readership, this book should become a very popular resource among churches committed to the theological formation of their members.
Associate Professor of History & Executive Director of John Wesley Honors College
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN