What does the term Creed mean and what is an interrogatory Creed and how does it differ from a declarative Creed?From the Creed by Berard L. Marthaler
Creeds are usually an established set of religious beliefs and rules for one to follow or obey. They determine how people should act and establishes faith. Christians have many creeds they are supposed to obey. An example would be the Creed of Hippolytus.
An interrogatory creed is one that asks a question. An example would be "Do you believe in God the Father Almighty?"
A declaritive creed would be a creed that would be given in the form of a statement. It does not ask a question but simply tells you what to do or how to behave, etc. It sets the groundwork for faith.
Marthaler discussed creeds from the Roman Catholic Church. He takes creeds, or beliefs, and puts them into an easy to understand contemporary form.
The word "creed" comes from the Latin word "credo" which means "I believe."
You can find what Marthaler means by "interrogatory" and "declarative" creeds very early in the book -- in the Introduction on page 5, for example.
In the book, Marthaler gives examples of interrogatory creeds. These are in the form of questions to the person. This is the sort of thing that is asked of adults during a baptism ceremony in the Catholic Church.
Marthaler says that the Church then moved towards having declarative creeds like the Nicene Creed. In these, the people simply state their beliefs rather than being asked.