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 The Principles of Theology - Article 8

by W.H.Griffith Thomas



Of the Three Creeds.
The Three Creeds, Nicene Creed, Athanasius’s Creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostles’ Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture.

De Tribus Symbolis
Symbola tria, Nicænum, Athanasii, et quod vulgo Apostolorum appellatur, omnino recipienda sunt et credenda: nam firmissimis Scripturarum testimoniis probari possunt.


Important Equivalents

Creeds = Symbola
Of Holy Scripture = Scripturarum

This Article comes from the Forty-two Articles of 1553, and has remained virtually unaltered except that the words et credenda “and believed,” were added in 1563, the other changes being merely verbal. It is a special application of Article 6 in regard to the Rule of Faith, and no doubt it was placed here to show the adherence of the Church of England to the old faith of England. [1] At the same time it expresses a view which is fundamental to the position taken by the Reformers, showing clearly why they received the Creeds, that it was not on the authority of the Church, but because of the truth emphasised in Article 6, the supremacy of Holy Scripture. [2] The language of the Reformatio Legum Ecclesiasticarum should also be noted.

“Et quoniam omnia ferme, quæ ad fidem spectant Catholicam, tum quoad beatissimam Trinitatem, tum quoad mysteria nostræ redemptionis, tribus Symbolis, hoc est, Apostolico, Niceno, et Athanasii, breviter continentur; idcirco ista tria Symbola, ut fidei nostræ compendia quædam, recipimus et amplectimur, quod firmissimis divinarum et canonicarum scripturarum testimoniis facile probari possint.” [3]


>> Part 1. The Creeds



[1] Hardwick, History of the Articles of Religion, p. 44.

[2] Litton, Introduction to Dogmatic Theology (Second Edition), p. 41.

[3] De Summa Trinitate et Fide Catholica, c. 5.




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