The Creed of Christ

An Interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer

by Gerald Heard

A Wipf & Stock Publishers reissue is now available.

In The Creed of Christ, Gerald Heard masterfully examines the Lord's Prayer, which he describes as, "the real creed of Christianity." Heard interprets Christ's supplication as the key to unfolding an entirely new way of life: "The task is nothing less than the shift of the whole being, the entire consciousness, until it alters from self-consciousness to… God-consciousness."

This supreme quest first calls for the transcendence of self: "I must start, before anything else, by clearing myself out of the way." Heard then reaffirms Christ's rousing words that the Kingdom is found within us: "Our Lord evidently held that the Kingdom… is already here, around us, within us." A modern spiritual classic, The Creed of Christ challenges all seekers to grow spiritually. Gerald Heard beckons us to enter the very heart of religious experience, leading to pulsating union with God.

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Dr. Edwin McNeill Poteat in The Journal of Religion


An extraordinarily fresh and compelling study of the Prayer. Here is rational mysticism at work on what to most of us is little more than rote.

Dr. Ralph W. Sockman

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...A study which reveals original insights and creates a mystical glow.

Dr. (Hon.) Rhea A. White

The Creed of Christ is an eye-opening interpretation of the Lord's Prayer that continually reveals new worlds of insight. Gerald Heard palpably conveys the mystical truths of Christianity in this enlightening volume.

Dr. Albert W. Palmer

Any reader who wants to plunge into the depths of the Prayer and think thoughts about it he has never thought before may well read Heard's book.

Dr. Wilson Cash in the Church of England Newspaper

A scholarly interpretation of the Lord's Prayer. He faces with frankness difficulties about prayer and meets them in a clear and convincing way.

Rev. Edmund A. Opitz

A highly original study of The Lord's Prayer.

Crozer Quarterly

Distinguished by the beauty of its writing, as well as by the practical import of its thought.

Dr. Graham C. Hunter in The Christian Century

His call is that a man shall at once begin to develop saintliness...


Endorsements for the 2008 Wipf and Stock Series of Reissues

Professor Huston Smith, Noted Authority on the World’s Religions

There was a period in my early thirties when these four small books by Gerald Heard served almost as my bible. I read and reread them, and invariably found them to be uplifting and inspiring.

William H. Forthman, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Philosophy

Gerald Heard was an inspiring voice for the life of the spirit. Wipf and Stock is to be commended that Heard's remarkable work is being made available to a new generation of spiritual seekers.

Dr. (Hon.) Rhea A. White, Founder & Director of The Exceptional Human Experience Network

Gerald Heard has been a continuous inspiration in my life since the 1950s. His books are modern spiritual classics that will encourage many aspirants on the spiritual path.