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"An very good compendium of Christian creeds. specially important are the informative notes and reviews via the editor which introduce either creedal sections and person creeds".----Presbyterian magazine.

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P. C. , 1949), pp. 131-32. Kelly, J. N. , Early Christian Creeds, 3rd ed. , 1972). Turner, H. E. , The Pattern of Christian Truth (London: A. R. , 1954). Van Den Eynde, Damien, Les Normes de YEnseignement Chritien dans la litterature patristique des trois premiers sifoles (Paris: Gabalda & Fils, editeurs, 1933). Rules of Faith 21 IRENAEUS (c. 190) The Church, though dispersed throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples this faith: [She believes] in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them; and in one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who became incarnate for our salvation; and in the Holy Spirit, who proclaimed through the prophets the dispensations of God, and the advents, and the birth from a virgin, and the passion, and the resurrection from the dead, and the ascension into heaven in the flesh of the beloved Christ Jesus, our Lord, and His [future] manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father "to gather all things in one," and to raise up anew all flesh of the whole human race, in order that to Christ Jesus, our Lord, and God, and Saviour, and King, according to the will of the invisible Father, "every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess" to Him, and that He should execute just judgment towards all; that He may send "spiritual wickednesses," and the angels who transgressed and became apostates, together with the ungodly, and unrighteous, and wicked, and profane among men, into everlasting fire; but may, in the exercise of His grace, confer immortality on the righteous, and holy, and those who have kept His commandments, and have persevered in His love, some from the beginning [of their Christian course], and others from [the date of] their repentance, and may surround them with everlasting glory.

Constantinopolitan Creed," The New Schaff Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. Hort, F. J. , 1876). Kelly, J. N. , Early Christian Creeds, 3rd ed. , 1972). , Acta Conciliorum Oecumenicorum, II, I, ii (Berlin: 1922), pp. 80, 128 (for Greek texts). , "Das Nicaenum und das Constantinopolitanum auf der Synode von Chalcedon," Zeitschrift fur die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, xxv, 1926. The Constantinopolitan Creed 33 THE CONSTANTINOPOLITAN CREED (CREED OF 150 FATHERS) We believe in one God, the Father All Governing [pantokratora], creator [poieten] of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all time [pro panton ton aidndn], Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not created [poiethenta], of the same essence [reality] as the Father [homoousion to patri], through Whom all things came into being, Who for us men and because of our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became human [enanthropesanta].

Patrologia Graeca, Vol. X, p. 805 (Greek text). The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. V, pp. 223 ff. (Hippolytus: Against Heresy of One Noetus). DER BALYZEH PAPYRUS (c. 200 OR LATER) A papyrus discovered in 1907 contains a very interesting creed, the exact use of which is unknown. It has been dated as early as the last of the second century; but Kelly, following F. E. Brightman, concludes that nothing really warrants a date before the middle of the fourth century. Confesses the faith . . I believe in God the Father Almighty [pantokratora] And in his only begotten Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, And in the Holy Spirit, And in the resurrection of the flesh In the holy catholic Church.

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