The Word Ministries
The Protestant Creeds of Christendom
"The endeavor to have no creed but the Bible is successful only so long as there is common agreement as to what the Bible teaches." -John H. Leith
The list which follows is a mere "scarlet threading" through the many theological debates, synods, and councils which have come together over the centuries to define, defend, and declare sound doctrine and the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy.
All texts listed here are in the public domain and may be copied and distributed freely.
THE PROTO-CREEDS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
Christianity has always been a "creedal" religion in that it has always been theological. It is rooted in the theological tradition of ancient Israel, which was unified by its historical credos and declaratory affirmations of faith. Many of these declaratory affirmations were preserved and passed on through the centuries by oral tradition and later came to be inscripturated in the Old Testament. In like manner, many Christological or Trinitarian formulas first appeared in the New Testament writings and, in some cases, became the basis for the earliest creeds.
THE CREEDS OF THE REFORMATION ERA
Anglican and Episcopalian Affirmations (Church of England)
Reformed and Presbyterian Affirmations
The Savoy Declaration (Available Soon)
THE POST-REFORMATION ERA
Creeds of the
Churches, Third Ed., Edited by John H. Leith, John Knox Press, © 1982