The original Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, begotten from the Father, only-begotten, that is, from the substance of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one substance from the Father, through Whom all things came into being, things in heaven and things on earth, who because of us men and because of our salvation came down and became incarnate, becoming man, suffered and rose again on the third day, ascended to the heavens, will come to judge the living and the dead;

And in the Holy Spirit.

But as for those who say, there was when he was not, and, before being born he was not, and he came into existence out of nothing, or who assert that the son of God is a different hypostasis or substance, or is subject to change or alteration—these the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes.

[Christian History & Biography. Issue 85, Winter 2005, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Page 17]

In one of the quirks of church history, the “Nicene Creed” used in church hymnals and liturgies is a different creed from the one accepted at Nicaea.

Click here to compare this version; For background see the Road to Nicaea, which begins:

Graffiti emblazoned on walls, a vicious war of pamphlets, riots in the streets, lawsuits, catchy songs of ridicule … It’s hard for modern Christians to imagine how such public turmoil could be created by an argument between theologians—or how God could work through the messiness of human conflict to bring the church to an understanding of truth. . .

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2 thoughts on “The original Nicene Creed

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Ben,

    I’m putting together materials for my Church History course and, low and behold, I came across your site in my quest to retrieve an electronic copy of the Nicene Creed without the filioque! I hope you are well.

    David Evans

    • Ben says:

      That’s wild. I’m in DC for one more day now, and we’ve been thinking of you. Just missed you by a few days in June. Would have loved to sit with you for a few hours and catch up.

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