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Athanasian Creed
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This creed, which is known as the Quicunque vult, from its opening words, is a pregnant summary of the doctrine of the Trinity and Christology. Written in Latin, it does not come from Athanasius (ca. 297–373) but originated instead in southern Gaul or Spain at the end of the fifth century or beginning of the sixth. Works from the fifth to the seventh centuries contain echoes of it. Perhaps Caesarius of Arles (d. 542) knew it in his time. Around the time of the Council of Autun (670) it is plainly attested as the creed of St. Athanasius.

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May, Gerhard, “Athanasian Creed”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A672>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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