The Early Church Nicene Creed
The Early Church

A name applied to two basic creedal statements of the fourth century.

(1) The first Nicene creed was issued by the Council of Nicea I (325) to settle the Arian controversy. It emphasized that Jesus Christ was of one substance (homoousios) with the Father. (2) A somewhat longer and fuller statement summarizing the Christian confession may have been adopted at the Council of Constantinople I (381) but was probably composed elsewhere and later. This is the creed commonly called the "Nicene Creed" in the present. It is the most widely used of all early Christian symbols. The western churches add the so-called filioque clause to the third article.

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