Ecumenical creeds

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Ecumenical creeds is an umbrella term used in the Western Church to refer to the Nicene Creed, the Apostles' Creed, the Chalcedonian Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. The ecumenical creeds are also known as the universal creeds. These creeds are accepted by almost all mainstream Christian denominations in the western church, including Presbyterian churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican churches and Lutheran churches. A creed by definition is a summary or statement of what one believes (see List of Christian creeds). It originates from the Latin credo meaning "I Believe."

The Eastern Orthodox Church accepts the Nicene Creed, but does not use the Apostles' Creed or the Athanasian Creed.

The United Methodist Church accepts[1] the Apostle's Creed[2] and Nicene Creed,[3] but does not use the Athanasian Creed.[4]


  1. ^ "Our Common Heritage as Christians". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  2. ^ "The Apostles' Creed". The United Methodist Church GBGM. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  3. ^ "The Nicene Creed". The United Methodist Church GBGM. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Is the United Methodist Church a Creedal Church? by G. Richard Jansen". Colorado State University. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 

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