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Symbolum Quicumque
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The Quicumque vult (from its opening words; often called the Athanasian Creed) is a Latin text probably written in the early 6th century (or before 500?), likely in Spain or southern Gaul. It was probably known by Caesarius of Arles (cf. CChr.SL 103, 20f.) and was in widespread use in the Western church from the 7th century on, as evidenced by manuscripts and its mention at the Synod of Autun (before 680). It may have been assumed at the Synod of Toledo in 633. It was used liturgically from the 8th century on.

The creed defines the fides catholica, which is necessary for salva…

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Drecoll, Volker Henning, “Symbolum Quicumque”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125025>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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