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The Nicene Creed    
  

We believe in one God
      the Father, the Almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth,
      of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
      the only Son of God,
      eternally begotten of the Father,
      God from God, Light from Light,
      true God from true God,
      begotten, not made,
      of one Being with the Father;
      through him all things were made.
      For us and for our salvation
          he came down from heaven,
          was incarnate of the Holy Spirit
          and the Virgin Mary
          and became truly human.
          For our sake he was crucified
          under Pontius Pilate;
          he suffered death and was buried.
          On the third day he rose again
          in accordance with the Scriptures;
          he ascended into heaven
          and is seated at the right hand
          of the Father.
          He will come again in glory
          to judge the living and the dead,
          and his kingdom will  have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
          and the giver of life,
      who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      who with the Father and the Son
          is worshiped and glorified,
      who has spoken through the prophets.
      We believe in the one holy catholic 
          (Christian) and apostolic church.
      We acknowledge one baptism
          for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look for the resurrection of the dead,
          and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Development of the Nicene creed began in 325 a.d. at the Council of Nicea. The Council was arranged by  Emperor Constantine to get some unity of faith in the Christian Church by having a standardized creed. This did not work out as planned. The Creed was formally adopted at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 a.d. Helpful information in depth can be found at Wikipedia. 
 
Commentary:

     The Nicean Creed can be approached as one would view an impressionist painting by the artist Monet. Brush strokes of colors blend to create in the mind the image of a spring garden. From close up the painting looks like little more than blobs of paint - from a reasonable distance the very essence of a summer river bank appears.
     So it is with the Nicean Creed. From close up the details appear as a complex theological argument or a tangle of religious words. From a certain distance, the sense of the Christian God begins to appear. 
      Endless theological arguments can result from this creed. If that is ones joy, have at it. 
      The new or long time Christian, the inquirer, or the curious visitor can find this creed to be a mysterious, colorful, intriguing insight into the very heart of the religion of Jesus.  
      Both "Nicene" and "Nicean" spellings are used.
Delton. Krueger 

Selected resources of Interest

Clues to the Nicene Creed: A Brief Outline of the Faith  David Willis 2005
Nicaea and its Legacy: An approach to fourth century trinitarian theology  Lewis Ayres    2004
Gender and the Nicene Creed   Elizabeth Rankin Geetz  1995

 

Update on June 20, 2010
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