Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity Christian Creeds Ancient Christian Statements of Faith Share Flipboard Email Print Council of Nicaea 325 -- Fresco in Capella Sistina, Vatican. Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons Christianity Denominations of Christianity Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Christian Entertainment Key Terms in Christianity Catholicism Latter Day Saints View More By Mary Fairchild Christianity Expert General Biblical Studies, Interdenominational Christian Training Center Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry." our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Mary Fairchild Updated January 27, 2019 These three Christian creeds represent the most widely accepted and ancient Christian statements of faith. Together, they form a summary of traditional Christian doctrine, expressing the fundamental beliefs of a broad range of Christian churches. It's important to note that many Christian denominations reject the practice of professing a creed, even though they may agree with the creed's content. Quakers, Baptists, and many evangelical churches consider the use of creedal statements unnecessary. The Nicene Creed The ancient text known as the Nicene Creed is the most widely recognized statement of faith among Christian churches. It is used by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Anglicans, Lutherans, and most Protestant churches. The Nicene Creed was originally adopted at the First Council of Nicaea in 325. The creed established conformity of beliefs among Christians identified heresy or deviations from orthodox biblical doctrines and was used as a public profession of faith. The Apostles' Creed The sacred text known as the Apostles' Creed is another widely accepted statement of faith among Christian churches. It is used by a number of Christian denominations as part of the worship services. Some evangelical Christians, however, reject the creed, specifically its recitation, not for its content, but simply because it is not found in the Bible. Ancient theory suggests that the 12 apostles were the authors of the Apostles' Creed; however, most biblical scholars agree that the creed was developed sometime between the second and ninth centuries. The creed in its fullest form most likely came into being around 700 AD. The Athanasian Creed The Athanasian Creed is a lesser known ancient Christian statement of faith. For the most part, it is no longer used in church worship services today. The creed's authorship is often attributed to Athanasius (293-373 AD), bishop of Alexandria. However, because the Athanasian Creed was never mentioned in early church councils, most biblical scholars believe it was written much later. The statement provides a precise explanation of what Christians believe about the divinity of Jesus Christ.