Athanasian Creed

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St Athanasius (c. 296—373) Greek theologian and upholder of Christian orthodoxy against Arianism


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A profession of faith which has been widely used in W. Christendom. It expounds the doctrines of the Trinity and Incarnation, adding a list of the most important events in the Lord's life; it includes anathemas against those who do not believe its affirmations. The attribution to St Athanasius has been generally abandoned, chiefly on the ground that it contains doctrinal expressions which arose only in later controversies. It was probably composed after 428.

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