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The Apostles' Creed

Oldest Known Statement of Faith

According to ancient church tradition, "The Apostles' Creed" was written by the Apostles 10 days after the ascension of Christ. The earliest known written form is the "Interrogatory Creed of Hippolytus" (215 AD). The copy below is from Caesarius of Arles (542 AD).

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic1 Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.

1. "catholic", not "Catholic", means universal. This creed predates the Roman Catholic Church by 100 to 300 years.

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