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Athanasian Creed

noun
1.
a creed or formulary of Christian faith, of unknown authorship, formerly ascribed to Athanasius.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90
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Athanasian Creed

noun
1.
(Christianity) a profession of faith widely used in the Western Church which, although formerly attributed to Athanasius, probably originated in Gaul between 381 and 428 ad
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a Christian profession of faith in about 40 verses. It is regarded as authoritative in the Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches. It has two sections, one dealing with the Trinity and the other with the Incarnation; and it begins and ends with stern warnings that unswerving adherence to such truths is indispensable to salvation. The virulence of these damnatory clauses has led some critics, especially in the Anglican churches, to secure restriction or abandonment of the use of the creed.

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