The foremost statement of faith for Christians
in the Western Church
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator
of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended
to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge
the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic
church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection
of the body, and the life everlasting.
Developed between the second
and ninth centuries as an affirmation of faith for new Christians this is the
most widely accepted statement of faith used in worship by Western Christians.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.