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Question about Athanasian Creed
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:28:16 PM »
Do Orthodox use or believe in the Athanasian Creed? If so...

In reviewing the Athanasian Creed, I have a question regarding its implications for faith and particularly for scholasticism.

Primarily I am wondering about the first line:

"Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this..."

Now, what is worrying me is that I have come to understand that having a true or perfect understanding of God, is not only unnecessary but also impossible. For me, I've felt like the important aspect of faith is growth is understanding. So, how does this relate to the Creed?

Or, is this creed considered a deviation from the Orthodox faith emphasizing mystery?
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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 10:19:53 PM »
Now, what is worrying me is that I have come to understand that having a true or perfect understanding of God, is not only unnecessary but also impossible. For me, I've felt like the important aspect of faith is growth is understanding. So, how does this relate to the Creed?

Or, is this creed considered a deviation from the Orthodox faith emphasizing mystery?

We cannot fully comprehend God, but there are things we can know about him because he has revealed them to us.  But that revelation, as we have received it, is not always self-evident.  For example, both Orthodox and Arians cited Scripture to support their beliefs.   

Leaving aside this particular Creed, the point of any Creed is to summarise our faith and what we can say about it or how we can express it, and in doing so it delineates the limits or the boundaries within which we understand properly.     
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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 11:10:40 PM »
Do Orthodox use or believe in the Athanasian Creed?

I can't imagine any Orthodox using it, since it explicitly teaches the filioque: "Spiritus Sanctus a Patre et Filio: non factus, nec creatus, nec genitus, sed procedens" ("The Holy Spirit [is] from the Father and the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding")
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   and have become learned in the Scriptures,
and have been instructed in Your glories,
   and yet I have become occupied in shameful things!

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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 11:14:05 PM »
Do Orthodox use or believe in the Athanasian Creed? If so...

In reviewing the Athanasian Creed, I have a question regarding its implications for faith and particularly for scholasticism.

Primarily I am wondering about the first line:

"Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this..."

Now, what is worrying me is that I have come to understand that having a true or perfect understanding of God, is not only unnecessary but also impossible. For me, I've felt like the important aspect of faith is growth is understanding. So, how does this relate to the Creed?

Or, is this creed considered a deviation from the Orthodox faith emphasizing mystery?
It has more polemical force against the Visigoths if it has that incipit line.
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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 07:20:38 AM »
This creed appears, for some reason, at the beginning of Russian editions of the Psalter (but without the filioque).
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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2014, 08:41:12 AM »
This creed appears, for some reason, at the beginning of Russian editions of the Psalter (but without the filioque).

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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014, 01:01:04 PM »
The filioque was added to the creed later. This editing happened in several Western texts, including the ancient hymn for Pentecost, "Veni, Creator Spiritus."
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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014, 01:22:29 PM »
The filioque was added to the creed later.
Do we have older versions without it?
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Re: Question about Athanasian Creed
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2014, 02:17:23 PM »
This creed appears, for some reason, at the beginning of Russian editions of the Psalter (but without the filioque).

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