The Early Church Filioque
The Early Church

Latin for "and the Son," phrase added to the third article of the Nicene Creed in the western churches.

"and the son" is used only
by the Western Church

The eastern churches use the oldest and original form of the Nicene Creed. The western churches add the phrase "and the Son" to the profession of the first sentence of the third article of the creed: "We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son." This interpolation, the so-called filioque clause (from the Latin for "and the Son"), was intended by its western originators to express the fullness of the doctrine of the Trinity.


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