Know the Creeds and Councils
Zondervan Academic

Know the Creeds and Councils

This course will introduce you to the church’s most important statements of faith over the centuries and explain why those statements still matter today.

At a Glance

  • Introduction to the church’s most important statements of faith over the centuries
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; lessons; key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the ebook "Know the Creeds and Councils" within the course and via an eReader
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

This online course features the textbook "Know the Creeds and Councils" by professor of theology, Justin Holcomb. The course leads you through centuries of creeds, councils, catechisms, and confessions not with a dry focus on dates and places, but with an emphasis on the living tradition of Christian belief and why it matters for our lives today.

Each lesson explains a key statement of faith and its historical context, provides a simple overview of the statement’s content and key points, and reflects on its contemporary relevance. This course will help you understand the foundations of the Christian faith.

Course Outline

  1. Apostles' Creed
  2. Council of Nicaea and the Nicene Creed
  3. Councils of Ephesus
  4. Council of Chalcedon
  5. Athanasian Creed
  6. Councils of Constantinople
  7. Councils of Carthage and Orange
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. Council of Trent
  10. Heidelberg Catechism
  11. Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
  12. Westminster Confession of Faith
  13. Second Vatican Council
  14. Modern Confessions
  15. Final Exam


About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Justin Holcomb
Dr. Justin Holcomb

Ph.D., Emory University

Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest and a professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously taught at the University of Virginia and Emory University. He has authored, co-authored, and edited several books, including On the Grace of God, Know the Heretics, and Know the Creeds and Councils, on which this course is based. He lives with his wife and daughters in Orlando, Florida.