The Creeds: A Summary of Faith
What are these “Creeds?” you ask. The word derives from the Latin credo, which means “I believe.” Both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed begin with this phrase.
Essentially, the creeds represent the highest possible human reach toward ultimate realities. They represent a collective assent, sustained through centuries, to beliefs that let the whole body of the Church speak. By our open declaration, we are united with Christians around the world — past, present and future.
The Apostles’ Creed dates from the earliest years of the Christian faith and was used as a statement of faith at baptism. It is recited in our daily Morning and Evening prayer services, found in the Book of Common Prayer and used at public or private devotions.
The Nicene Creed dates from a meeting of bishops in 325 A.D. in Nicæa (Turkey). This summary of the Christian faith is recited in unison at celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.
Do I have to Understand or Believe All That?
The Creeds represent the beliefs of the Church and we recite them as our own journey toward relationship with God continues. The church is only slightly concerned that you intellectually agree, but is tremendously concerned that they become part of your life, the basis of your words and actions. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with saying, “Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words.”
What if I Have Doubts or Questions?
In the Episcopal Church, you do not have to commit yourself to a body of doctrine which prevents your own thinking. Questions are encouraged. The Episcopal Church does not try to reduce every life to some sameness of experience and understanding, but is sympathetic to the concerns and questions of today. We believe you can find intellectual and spiritual satisfaction here.
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