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Athanasian Creed

Athanasian Creed. A statement of faith formerly widely used in W. churches. It begins: ‘Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith. Which faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, he shall perish everlastingly.’ The opening words thus furnish the alternative title ‘Quicunque Vult’. It was composed in the 4th or 5th cent. (certainly after the time of Athanasius) in Latin.

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Athanasian Creed

Athanasian Creed (ăthənā´zhən), exact, elaborate Roman Catholic statement on the Trinity and the Incarnation. It is no longer believed to have been written by Athanasius, but rather by an unknown Western author of the 6th cent. An English translation appears in the English Book of Common Prayer. It is sometimes called Quicumque or Quicumque Vult [whoever wishes (to be saved)].

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Athanasian Creed Christian profession of faith, probably written in the 6th century, that explains the teachings of the Church on the Trinity and the incarnation. The Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches accept its authority.

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