Statement of beliefs
Credal statements speak to the people and circumstances of their time, usually meeting specific challenges with a concise statement of belief...
The Creed of the Council of Trent, for instance, was drawn up by the Roman Catholics in the 1500's and emphasised those beliefs that Roman Catholics and Protestants were arguing about most furiously at the time. The Nicene Creed, drawn up in the fourth century, is emphatic in affirming the Deity of Christ, since it is directed against the Arians, who denied that Christ was fully God. The Apostles' Creed, drawn up in the first or second century, emphasises the true Humanity, including the material body, of Jesus, since that is the point that the heretics of the time (Gnostics, Marcionites, and later Manicheans) denied. (See 1 John 4:1-3).
Today, many churches and ministries will affirm what they believe in through an up to date "statement of faith" aimed at explaining their orthodoxy on matters of doctrine and any particular emphases they may have.
This page was written with all of this in mind to let readers know something about the authors' beliefs. We, like most other mainstream Christians, affirm both the Apostles creed (circa 215 AD) and the Nicene creed (circa 381 AD). We are also committed members of a local church.