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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Apostles' Creed

This Table shows the date of the several Articles and the verbal variations of the Apostles' Creed, as far as they can be ascertained, from the earliest rules of faith to the eighth century, or from Irenæus to Pirminius. The first occurrence of any word or phrase of the Creed is marked by small capitals.

"The Apostles' Creed is unlike all other creeds of other religions, whether humanist, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu, or otherwise.  The faith of all other religions is in a body of ideas or claims concerning reality.  It may be a belief in the ultimacy of man, or the ultimacy of nothingness, in the office of a man (Mohammed as prophet), or an ultimate dualism or monism, but, in any event, it demands a belief in certain ideas or claims.  The Apostles' Creed is radically different:  it offers a synopsis of history, created by God the Father Almighty, requiring salvation by Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, who entered, lived, died, and was resurrected in history, and is now the Lord and judge of history.  His holy congregatuion is operative in history, which culminates in the general resurrection and everlasting life.  The whole creed therefore is a declaration concerning history."

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Maker of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    the holy catholic church;
    the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting.
The Apostles’ Creed-- The Oldest Creed: by James Orr
Exposition of The Apostles' Creed: by James Dodds, D.D.

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