Apostles' Creed
Middle Ages

A western creed based on the Old Roman Symbol but formulated in the early middle ages.

This terse confession is briefer than many other Christian symbols. It originated with the so-called Old Roman Symbol early used in the baptismal liturgy at Rome. While it is less elaborate theologically than, for example, the Nicene Creed, the Apostles' Creed makes distinctive theological assertions in speaking of Christ's descent into hell and of the communion of saints. It took its final form in the early middle ages in the Spanish and Gallican churches. It was used in many places in Europe by the seventh and eighth centuries and was the most widely accepted creed in Charlemagne's church. It eventually gained currency throughout the West, especially as a baptismal creed. The legend that the Apostles' Creed was composed by the twelve apostles, each contributing a clause, has no basis in fact.

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