The Creed of
The Athanasian Creed is that
latest of the ecumenical creeds, dating back to the early dark ages. Though
seldom used in worship, it is one of the clearest definitions of the Trinity and
the incarnation ever written.
will be saved,
before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic
faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled,
without doubt he shall perish
catholic (universal) faith is this:
worship one God in Trinity,
Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the Persons,
dividing the Substance.
there is one Person of the Father,
and another of the Holy Spirit.
But the Godhead of the Father,
and of the
the glory equal,
as the Father is,
and such is the Holy Spirit.
and the Holy Spirit uncreate.
and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
and the Holy Spirit eternal.
yet they are not three eternals,
but one eternal.
also there are not three uncreated
nor three incomprehensibles,
uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
likewise the Father is almighty,
and the Holy Spirit almighty.
yet they are not three almighties,
but one almighty.
the Father is God,
the Son is
and the Holy Spirit is God;
yet they are not three Gods,
but one God.
likewise the Father is Lord,
and the Holy Spirit Lord;
yet not three Lords,
but one Lord.
like as we are compelled by the Christian
acknowledge every Person by himself to be God
we are forbidden by the catholic (universal) religion to say,
three Gods, or three Lords.
Father is made of none,
neither created, nor begotten.
Son is of the Father alone;
not made, nor created, but begotten.
Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son;
neither made, nor created, nor
begotten, but proceeding.
there is one Father, not three Fathers;
not three Sons;
one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
in this Trinity none is afore, or after another;
greater, or less than another.
the whole three Persons are coeternal and coequal.
So that in
all things, as aforesaid,
the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is
to be worshipped.
therefore that will be saved
must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation
that he also believe rightly the incarnation of
right faith is that we believe and confess
Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of
is God and
of the substance of the Father,
before the worlds;
and man, of the substance of His mother,
Perfect God and perfect Man,
of a reasonable soul and
human flesh subsisting.
Equal to the Father, as touching His Godhead,
inferior to the Father, as touching His Manhood.
although He is God and Man,
yet He is not two, but one Christ.
not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh,
but by taking of that manhood
not by confusion of substance,
unity of Person.
as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man,
so God and man is one
suffered for our salvation,
into hell, *
rose again the third day from the
ascended into heaven,
on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;
thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;
shall give account of their own works.
they that have done good shall go into life everlasting
and they that have
done evil into everlasting fire.
is the catholic (universal) faith,
except a man believe faithfully
he cannot be saved.