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« on: February 25, 2007, 08:15:06 AM »

What is the Apostles Creed?   Huh

I know that it was not written by the apostles and think it can
be chosen as an alternate creed in Roman Catholic services,
but who wrote it? 

I had a discussion with a Catholic friend.  She said the Apostles
Creed is older than the Nicene Creed.  I told her that I didn't
think it was, but later read on the Internet that it was.

Does the Apostle's Creed have any standing in the Orthodox church?

Thanks again.


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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 10:04:29 PM »

The Apostle's Creed is  a development of the Old Roman Baptismal Creed found in St. Hippolytus' Apostolic Tradition ca. 215:

"When each of them to be baptized has
gone down into the water, the one baptizing shall lay hands on each of them, asking, "Do
you believe in God the Father Almighty?" And the one being baptized shall answer, "I
believe." He shall then baptize each of them once, laying his hand upon each of their
heads. Then he shall ask, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was
born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, and
died, and rose on the third day living from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and sat
down at the right hand of the Father, the one coming to judge the living and the dead?" 
When each has answered, "I believe," he shall baptize a second time. Then he shall
ask, "Do you believe in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Church and the resurrection of the
flesh?" Then each being baptized shall answer, "I believe." And thus let him baptize the
third time."

So yes the Roman Baptismal/Apostle's Creed is older than that of Nicea.
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