The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CREED. It is clear that a full-scale creed in the sense in which J. N. D. Kelly defines it (‘a fixed formula summarizing the essential articles of the Christian religion and enjoying the sanction of ecclesiastical authority’, Early Christian Creeds3, 1972, p. 1) is not found in the NT. The so-called
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
CreedIt is not easy to distinguish between “creeds”—the term used of rudimentary confessions of faith expressing Christian conviction—and other types of liturgical material as they appear in the Pauline letters. Clearly a full-scale creed, in the later sense of essential articles of the Christian faith
Dictionary of New Testament Background
CREEDS AND HYMNSHymnic and creedal statements are thought to have played a significant role in the development of the Christian church. Fragments of these and references to others are thought to be found in the NT and merit further discussion.1. Definition of Terms2. Approaches to the Material3.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
creed. A creed is a concise, formal, and authorized statement of important points of Christian doctrine, the classical instances being the *Apostles’ Creed and the *Nicene Creed. Originally, candidates for baptism accepted a short formula of belief which varied in detail in different localities. By the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CREED — a brief, authoritative, formal statement of religious beliefs. The word “creed” comes from the Latin word credo (“I believe”), the first word of both the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.The following are the three classic, or most historically important, creeds of the church:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CREED; CREEDS<kred>:By “creed” we understand the systematic statement of religious faith; and by the creeds of the Christian church we mean the formal expression of “the faith which was delivered unto the saints.” The word is derived from the first word of the Latin versions of the Apostles’ Creed,
A Catholic Dictionary
creed. A summary of the chief articles of faith. Various names are used, to signify what we now mean by the word Creed, in early writers. Clement of Alexandria speaks of the πίστις or “faith” which served as the basis of catechetical instruction.1 Origen, in the Latin translation of Rufinus, describes
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Creed.—The Creed is an abridgment of the Christian doctrine, and is usually denominated the “Symbol of Faith.” The word symbol means a sign to distinguish things. To the primitive Christians, the Symbol or Creed was what the watchword is to an army in the field, a sign by which a friend may be immediately
Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship
creed. From Latin credo, “I believe,” a statement or *confession of belief (Lat. symbolum). Gathered Christians recite a creed to affirm their common faith, originally affirmed in their *baptisms. The recitation of a creed was part of the baptismal process in earlier times (the redditio symboli). An
Ecumenical Creeds
Ecumenical Creeds. From Latin oecumenicus, “universal,” the three *creeds known as the *Apostles’, the *Nicene and the *Athanasian.
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
CREED, from the Latin credo; a summary of the chief tenets of the Christian faith. The word is generally limited in its application to the three great formulae, the so-called Apostles’ creed, the Nicene or Constantinopolitan, and the Athanasian creed, although it may be also used of any either of the
Dictionary of Theological Terms
CreedFrom the Latin credere, “to believe”; a statement of faith, not necessarily comprehensive or complete, but containing articles that cover matters that are fundamental and that have been called in dispute. The reference to dispute is important. “While the doctrine of the atonement must be reckoned
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
creed. An authoritative statement of the principal affirmations of the Christian faith. It is generally brief and concise, free of definition, proof, or explanation. It is at once personal, social, and historical in its impact. Insofar as possible, a creed attempts to witness to the universal church