I have recently read on Newpcus.org that
they are putting together some ideas for a
Book of Confession. Here are the list of
The Nicene Creed
The Apostles’ Creed
The Scots Confession
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Second Helvetic Confession
The Westminster Confession of Faith (the PCUS version)
The Shorter Catechism
The Larger Catechism
The Theological Declaration of Barmen
These all seem to be good selections (even though
I am not to keen on the Second Helvetic) and it
seems that this organization is on the right track.
I have recently found a new website which bills itself as a group of seminary professors and Presbyterian pastors concerned about the schism that is surely to happen this summer in Birmingham. (It can be found here: http://www.newpcus.org) What I have found through my early perousal is that they look to put together either a “rebirth” of the old PCUS-better known as the Southern church-which merged with the UPCUS-or Northern church-officially in 1983 or to found a whole new denomination if things go badly (which I think they will) at General Assembly this summer. Now those of us who may not have grown up within the boundries of these two denominations and only know the PC(USA) do not really comprehend what makes the PCUS fundamentally different from the PC(USA). (Sorry for the Alphabet Soup.) I have sent my minions out to find out more about the old PCUS and if this is viable to those of us who have grown up within the confines of the PC(USA) and have found it lacking theologically. I will report back with my findings.