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Confessions and Creeds
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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.

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Müller, Gerhard and Rohls, Jan, “Confessions and Creeds”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1128>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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