Many Evangelical Christians—even those who aren't from a high church or liturgical congregation—will sometimes recite the so-called Apostles' Creed on a Sunday morning. Mainline Protestants and Catholics do so even more frequently. When we Christians utter these words together, we assume we are declaring timeless truths from the earliest generation of our faith. We know, of course, that the creed isn't recorded in the Bible. Yet it must be old. But how old is it, exactly? Does it actually come from the age of the apostles?
Ancient legend certainly makes this claim. According to the church historian Rufinus of Aquileia, writing . . .
Bryan Litfin was Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute for sixteen years, and now works as an acquisition editor at Moody Publishers. He has a Ph.D. in ancient Christianity from the University of Virginia. His most recent book is After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles (Moody Publishers, 2015). Bryan and his wife Carolyn live in Wheaton, Illinois.
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