Nicene Creed


This Creed was formulated at the Council of Nicaea (325 a.d.). It was inspired by the Syro-Palestinian and Eusebius’ creeds. It mentioned for the first time the word , meaning “the same substance.” This term was condemned during the crisis of Paul of Samosata, but Alexander of and Athanasius gave the true meaning. The Creed is thus:

We believe in one God, the Father, the ruler of all, the creator of all things visible and invisible, and in one Lord, of God, begotten as the only Son out of the Father, that is, out of the substance of the Father, God from God, light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not created, with the Father, the one through . . .

The Nicene Creed is recited prior to baptism; after the fifth century, the Fuller introduced it into the liturgy after the gospel reading as a proclamation of Orthodox faith.

In the Council of Constantinople (381 a.d.), the following paragraph was added: “We believe in the Holy Spirit . . .” It became a standard declaration of for all Christians. The modification of one word—the , in the 11th century—contributed to the final schism between the East and the West. This schism is known as the crisis.