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Large Collection of Creeds
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This web site has an extensive
collection of historical and contemporary creeds, confessions and more.
Creeds of Christendom
An extensive list of ancient to
modern creeds put together by a Presbyterian minister who wanted to have a web
site that had a one-stop place for creeds and confessions for his as well as
Historical and Denominational
- Creeds in the Bible
- Ireneaus Rule of Faith
- Hippolytus' account of the baptismal service
- The Apostle's Creed
- The Creed of Nicaea as approved by the Nicene Council (A.D. 325)
- The First Ecumenical council of Nicaea was called by emperor Constantine. The council met to deal with the schism created by Arianism. The Arians wished to avoid the heresy of Sabellius who believed in a divine monad which, by expansion, projected itself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit--a form of Modalism. The Arians separated the Son from God entirely so that they believed he was a creature having a beginning. "There was when he was not." The Son was but God's first creation, yet out of nothing and hence has preeminence over the rest of creation.
- The symbol answers the question, "Who is Jesus Christ."
Its answer: God
- The Nicene Creed as approved by the Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381)
- -- The Nicene Creed -- Constantinopolitan Creed -- Creed of 150 Fathers
- Usually associated with the Council of Constantinople this symbol is an expansion and revision of the earlier Creed of Nicaea with which it is often confused. This is the creed recited in churches. The council met to refute Apollinarianism. Apollinarius taught that Jesus was a combination of the divine Logos spirit, a sensitive human soul and a human body. He taught that Jesus did not have a human spirit. His views were based on the platonic tripartite view of human nature. The council condemned this view in order to show that Christ, as truly human, could redeem the whole person.
- The symbol emphasizes the Trinitarian faith.
- The symbol is very suitable for liturgical use and was used as an early baptismal and eucharistic creed. It goes beyond the Creed of Nicaea in its affirmation of the full deity of the Spirit though it uses biblical rather than philosophical terms to do so. The filioque clause found in the Western version of this creed is one of the major disagreements between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity. This clause was not accepted even by the Western Church until the turn of the first millennium.
- Further Notes on the Nicene Creed
- Notes on the Filioque Clause Controversy
- The Church in the Nicene Creed
- Other documents of the First Council of Constantinople
- Notes from the ecumenical councils
- The Council of Sardica Canon V (A.D. 343)
- The council of Sardica was the first synod, which in some sense asserted Roman primacy.
- Confession of Saint Patrick (A.D. 390-461)
- The Definition of Chalcedon (A.D. 451)
- The council of Chalcedon met to resolve the Monophysite controversy in which Eutyches had refused to confess the existence of two natures in Christ both after the union as well as before. The definition summarizes the Church's teaching on the natures of Christ largely in negative terms.
- Canons of the Council of Orange (A.D. 529)
- The Council of Orange was an outgrowth of the controversy between Augustine and Pelagius. This controversy had to do with degree to which a human being is responsible for his or her own salvation, and the role of the grace of God in bringing about salvation. The Pelagians held that human beings are born in a state of innocence, i.e., that there is no such thing as a sinful nature or original sin. As a result of this view, they held that a state of sinless perfection was achievable in this life. The Council of Orange dealt with the Semi-Pelagian doctrine that the human race, though fallen and possessed of a sinful nature, is still "good" enough to able to lay hold of the grace of God through an act of unredeemed human will. As you read the Canons of the Council of Orange, you will be able to see where John Calvin derived his views of the total depravity of the human race.
- Quicumque vult (Athanasian Creed) (ca. A.D. 500)
- The fullest statement of the Trinitarian faith in abstract metaphysical terms.
- Part one: Augustinian definition of the Trinity
- Each persona of the Trinity is fully divine
- Each is unique to itself
- Each is within the other, in perpetual intercommunication and motion, coequal and coeternal.
- Damnatory clause for those who do not accept this teaching.
- Part two: The doctrine of Christ
- Reaffirms Ephesian and Chalcedonian council decisions.
- Damnatory clause for those who do not accept this teaching.
- Anathemas of the Second Council of Constantinople (A.D. 533)
- Creeds and Statements - from the Period after A.D. 600
- Later Creeds
- Articles de la confession de foy de l'Église anglicane (Geneva: J. & S. De Tournes, 1665) PDF
- The Articles of the Synod of Dort, and Its Rejection of Errors, trans. with intro. Thomas Scott (W. Williams, 1831) PDF
- Die Bekenntnisschriften der reformierten Kirche, ed. Ernst Friedrich Karl Müller (A. Deichert, 1903) PDF
- Brès, Guy de. Confession de foy, faicte d'un commun accord par les fidèles qui conversent ès Pays-Bas, lesquels désirent vivre selon la pureté de l'Evangile de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ ([S.l.]: [s.n.], 1562) [BNF / PDF]
- Catéchisme de l'Eglise de Genève (Geneva: Fick, 1853) PDF
- Catechisms of the Second Reformation: With Historical Introduction and Biographical Notices, eds. Mitchell, Alexander Ferrier (London: James Nesbit, 1886) PDF
- 17th C. Scottish Catechisms
- Collectio confessionum in Ecclesiis reformatis publicatarum, ed. H.A. Niemeyer (1840) PDF
- A collection of confessions of faith, catechisms, directories, books of discipline &c. of publick authority in the Church of Scotland , 2 vols. (Edinburgh: James Watson, 1719-1722)
- Confessio et expositio simplex orthodoxae fidei et dogmatum catholicorum syncerae religionis christianae, concorditer ab Ecclesiae Christi ministris qui sunt in Helvetia (G. Sonnleitnerus, 1676) PDF
- The Confession of Faith of the Churches of Switzerland (1536), trans. George Wishart, in The Miscellany of the Wodrow Society, ed. D. Laing (Edinburgh: Wodrow Society, 1844), I, 1-23 PDF
- The Confession of Faith, Together with The Larger and Lesser Catechismes. Composed by the Reverend Assembly of Divines, Sitting at Westminster, Presented to both Houses of Parliament, 2nd ed. (London: E.M., 1658) PDF
- Confessions de foi des églises réformées de France et de Suisse (Montpellier: M.me V.e Picot, 1825) PDF
- Corpus et syntagma confessionum fidei quae in diversis regnis et nationibus, ecclesiarum nomine fuerunt authenticè editae (Aureliae Allobrocum: P. et J. Chouêt, 1612) PDF
- Corpus librorum symbolicorum, qui in Ecclesia Reformatorum auctoritatem publicam obtinuerunt (Elberfeldi: Henrici Bueschleri, 1827) PDF
- Formula consensus Ecclesiarum Helveticarum reformatarum, circa doctrinam de gratia universali et connexa, aliaque nonnulla capita (1670) PDF
- Harmonia Confessionum Fidei, Orthodoxarum & Reformatarum Ecclesiarum (Geneva: Petrus Santandreanus, 1581) PDF
- The Harmony of Protestant confessions [Harmonia confessionum fidei], ed. J.F. Salvart (London: J. F. Shaw, 1842) PDF
- Juda, Leo and Marten Micronius, Zacharias Ursinus, August Lang. Der Heidelberger Katechismus und Vier Verwandte Katechismen (Leipzig: A. Deichert, 1907) PDF
- Jugement du synode national des églises réf. des Pays-Bas, tenu à Dordrecht l'an 1618-19, touchant les 5 articles débatus ès Eglises du dict Pays-BasPDF (Dordrecht: J. Berewout & F. Borsaler, 1619)
- The Scriptural unity of the Protestant churches exhibited, in their published confessions, ed. David Stuart (John Robertson, 1835) PDF
- Sylloge confessionum sub tempus reformandæ Ecclesiæ editarum (Oxonii: Clarendoniano, 1804) PDF
- Small Catechism (1529), trans. Robert E. Smith (May 22, 1994) [PW]
- Large Catechism (1529), in Triglot Concordia: The Symbolical Books of the Ev. Lutheran Church, trans. F. Bente and W. H. T. Dau (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921), 565-773 [PW]
- The Augsburg Confession (1530), in Triglot Concordia, 37-95 [PW]
- The Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531), in Triglot Concordia, 97-451 [PW]
- The Smalcald Articles (1537), in Triglot Concordia, 453-529 [PW]
- Of the Power and Primacy of the Pope (1537), in Triglot Concordia, 503-529 [PW]
- The Formula of Concord (1577), in Triglot Concordia, 503-529 [PW]
- Libri symbolici Ecclesiae Lutheranae, cum appendice quinquepartita, ed. F. Francke (1847) PDF
- 95 Theses - Martin Luther (1517)
- Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod (1932)
- Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Episcopal and Anglican
Baptist and Anabaptist
- The Creeds of Christendom, ed. Philip Schaff (New York: Harper, 1877)
(Adapted from "Creeds of Christendom" from above and Heckman Library Creeds and Confessional Libguide" (http://libguides.calvin.edu/content.php?pid=46750&sid=344860)