The Nicene Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters

Chad Steiner
Chad Steiner
The Nicene Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters

We recite the Nicene Creed together at every Mass, but it’s not exactly a prayer. So presumably we’re not saying it to God. To whom, then, are we speaking, and why is it so important to keep saying it?

In this course, we will examine every line of the Creed, an early edition of which was drafted at the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325, then finalized and adopted in full at the Council of Constantinople in AD 381. As we pursue our investigation, we’ll consider the following kinds of questions: 1) What does each belief-claim actually mean?; 2) What was going on historically in the Church and in the world that motivated this particular belief-claim and made it so important?; 3) What truth(s) about God was this particular belief-claim written to protect?

Along the way, we will of course address more general questions like: 1) What is the relationship between the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed?; 2) What about the Didache? Why was it never made into an official creed, and what is the relationship between the three?; 3) Why weren’t the Didache and the creeds included in our Bibles as part of the canon of Sacred Scripture? And what’s the relationship between all of them?

Join us as we consider all these matters over the course of a wonderful, ten-week journey through history, Scripture, and our common confession about the truths of our faith.

Required Texts:

  • Sacred Scripture, the Bible (preferably RSVCE 2nd edition)
  • Instructor’s notes (provided and included in the registration cost)

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