A CREED FOR THE THIRD MILLENNIUM - Kirkus Reviews
The Apostles Creed ( Latin : Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum ), sometimes entitled Symbol of the Apostles , is an early statement of Christian belief—a creed or symbol. [a] It is widely used by a number of Christian

The Apostles' Creed ( Latin : Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum ), sometimes entitled Symbol of the Apostles , is an early statement of Christian belief—a creed or "symbol". [a] It is widely used by a number of Christian denominations for both liturgical and catechetical purposes, most visibly by liturgical Churches of Western tradition, including the Catholic Church , Lutheranism and Anglicanism . It is also used by Presbyterians , Methodists and Congregationalists .

The first mention of the expression "Apostles' Creed" occurs in a letter of AD 390 from a synod in Milan and may have been associated with the belief, widely accepted in the 4th century, that, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit , each of the Twelve Apostles contributed an article of a creed. [2] [3]

The title Symbolum Apostolicum (Symbol or Creed of the Apostles) appears for the first time in a letter, probably written by Ambrose , from a Council in Milan to Pope Siricius in about AD 390 "Let them give credit to the Creed of the Apostles, which the Roman Church has always kept and preserved undefiled". [4] [5] But what existed at that time was not what is now known as the Apostles' Creed but a shorter statement of belief that, for instance, did not include the phrase "maker of heaven and earth", a phrase that may have been inserted only in the 7th century. [6]

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