Nicene Creed Full text; for background information see historical
We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker
of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord
Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all
worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us
men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy
Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under
Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according
to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of
the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the
dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son*, who with
the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the
prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge
one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the
dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
*The phrase "and the
Son," which was inserted here by leaders of the Western churches centered
in Rome, was the presenting issue that divided Roman Catholics from Eastern Orthodox
Christians. For more on this dispute, and the history behind it see:
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.