List of Christian creeds

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Christianity has through Church history produced a number of Christian creeds, confessions and statements of faith. The following lists are provided.

In many cases, individual churches will address further doctrinal questions in a set of bylaws.[1] Smaller churches see this as a formality, while churches of a larger size build this to be a large document describing the practical functioning of the church.


Biblical creeds[edit]

See also: Faithful saying

Primary Creeds[edit]

Creed Date Accepted by Original name Notes Link to text
Apostles' Creed 200-900 Western Christian denominations Lat.: Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum Product of the Roman Christians around A.D.180, who developed an early form of the Apostles' Creed to refute Marcion. Wikisource-logo.svg "Apostles' Creed".
Creed of Nicaea 325 Product of the first ecumenical council in Nicaea which tried to solve the Arian controversy.[2]
Creed of Jerusalem 350 Nearly all Christian denominations Cyril of Jerusalem
Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed 381 Nearly all Christian denominations Expansion and revision of the 325 Creed of Nicaea. Refutes apollinarism and a later addition, the Filioque clause, resulted in disagreements between Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity. Wikisource-logo.svg "Nicene Creed".
Chalcedonian Creed 451 Council of Chalcedon Nearly all Christian denominations (except Oriental Orthodoxy, the Assyrian Church of the East, and much of Restorationism)
Athanasian Creed 500 Western Christian denominations Lat.: Quicumque vult Wikisource-logo.svg "Athanasian Creed".

Interdenominational Creeds[edit]

Creeds of major denominations[edit]

Adventists[edit]

Anabaptist[edit]

Anglican[edit]

Arminian[edit]

Assemblies of God[edit]

Baptist[edit]

Further information: List of Baptist confessions

Christian Church - Disciples of Christ[edit]

  • Mission, Vision and Confession[1]

Episcopal[edit]

Evangelical Free Church of America[edit]

Lutheran[edit]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America[edit]

Methodist[edit]

Pentecostal[edit]

Presbyterian Church[edit]

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)[edit]

United Church of Canada[edit]

United Methodist[edit]

Coptic Orthodox Creed (Creed of Faith)

Introduction to the Creed: We exalt you, Mother of True Light and glorify you, O Saint Theotokos (Holy Virgin Mother of God), for you have brought for us the Savior of the World. He came and saved our souls. Glory to You, our Master and King Jesus Christ, Pride of the Apostles, Crown of the Martyrs, Joy of the righteous, Firmness of the churches, forgiveness of sins. We proclaim the Holy Trinity, in One God-Head (Divinity), we worship Him and glorify Him. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord bless us. Amen.

Creed of the Faith: We believe in one God, God the Father the Pantocrator (Almighty) who created heaven and earth, and all things seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy spirit and the Virgin Mary and became Man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried. And on the third day He rose from the dead, according to the scriptures, ascended to the heavens; He sits at the right hand of his Father, and He is coming again in His glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.

Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Life-Giver, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who spoke in the prophets.

And in one holy, catholic and apostolic church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the coming age. Amen.

Puritan & Pilgrim[edit]

Reformed[edit]

Roman Catholic[edit]

United Church of Christ[edit]

Creeds of Smaller Denominations[edit]

Amish[edit]

The denomination holds the New Testament as its only creed.

Holy Ghost Fathers[edit]

Latter Day Saints (Mormons)[edit]

Mennonite/Anabaptist[edit]

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)[edit]

Salvation Army[edit]

Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa[edit]

Waldensian Evangelical Church[edit]

Creeds of Historical Denominations[edit]

These are no longer active denominations but played a role in history.

Huguenots[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]