Christian Creeds

Council of Nicaea

The Creeds of Christianity are systematic statements of faith that represent what is found in generalized form in the Bible.  In fact, they could be considered the first systematic theologies written by early Christians as guides to faith and practice.  While some creeds are more focused than others, dealing with doctrines that specifically effected what Christians should believe about the relationship between the Son of God and God the Father (Nicene Creed), others are more detailed and broad in respect to the Christian walk (Westminster Confession of Faith).

Philip Schaff offered the following definition for the Creeds of Christendom.  “A Creed, or Rule of Faith, or Symbol, is a confession of faith for public use, or a form of words setting forth with authority certain articles of belief, which are regarded by the framers as necessary for salvation, or at least for the well-being of the Christian Church” (The Creeds of Christendom, 1:3-4).

Although the Christians creeds should be seen as guides or rules for faith, it should be kept in mind that they are not inspired by God.  They are merely restatements of that which is found in holy writ, which is inspired.  Therefore, read them to be informed, contemplate them to be wise, but always seek out their source to be sure.

The Christian Creeds

The Apostles Creed

The Athanasian Creed

Canon of the Synod of Dort

Chalcedon Creed

Nicene Creed

Westminster Confession of Faith (long)

Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1647