Why are there two Creeds? Well…. There really aren’t two Creeds. The word creed derives from the Latin word Credo. The definition of the word ‘credo’ is “a statement of the beliefs or aims which guide someone's actions.” The literal translation of the word ‘credo’ is I Believe.
Both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed consist of our core beliefs as Christians. (Yes, Catholics are CHRISTIAN. But that’s for a different article.) The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed are simply two forms of the same Creed. Both are professions of our faith as Catholic Christians.
Back to our original question; Why are there two? The Apostle’s Creed dates back to the very beginning of Christianity. It is the ancient baptismal creed of the Church in Rome. The Apostle’s Creed comes from the teachings of Christ through the Apostles. In the 4th century a man named Arius started teaching that, while being the son of God, Jesus was only man and not God. In essence the Arian Heresy denies the Divinity of Jesus. In the year 325, the Church leaders met in Nicea to combat the Arian Heresy. From this council came the Nicene Creed which affirms the Divinity of Christ and the existence of The Trinity.
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