In one of its meanings, “confession” refers to a declaration of religious belief. It can be as simple as “Jesus is Lord” (1 Cor. 12:3) or as detailed as the Augsburg Confession (1530) or similar Protestant expressions of faith in the 16th and 17th centuries. “Creed” refers to a concise statement of Christian doctrine, typically produced by a council of the early church. The Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed are perhaps the most famous of such statements.
Confessions and Creeds(5,234 words)
Cite this pageMüller, Gerhard and Rohls, Jan, “Confessions and Creeds”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1128>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512
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