A creed is a statement or confession of belief or faith often recited as part of a religious service. The word comes from the Latin: credo for I believe and credimus for we believe.
The most definitive creed in Christianity is the Nicene Creed, formulated in AD 325 at the first of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Affirmation of this creed, which describes the Trinity, is generally taken as a fundamental test of orthodoxy. The Apostle's Creed is broadly accepted.
Some Christian communities including Unitarians, Quakers, Baptists, and Restorationists reject the authority of creeds.
There is a place in many liturgies for the declaration of a creed. Through out June we'll post a selection of creeds ancient and more recent... they're great for lectio divina and other occassions as well.
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