Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament.
The Apostles Creed was developed between the second and ninth centuries. It is the most popular creed used in worship by Western Christians. Its central doctrines are those of the Trinity and God the Creator. Each of the doctrines found in this creed can be traced to statements current in the apostolic period. The creed was apparently used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome. Since the Apostles Creed is still unaffected by the later Christological divisions, its statement of the articles of Christian faith remain largely acceptable to most Christian denominations as-
2. The death, descent into hell, resurrection, and ascension of Christ
3. The holiness of the Church and the communion of saints
Most Christians accept the use of creeds, and subscribe to at least one of the creeds mentioned below. A minority of Protestants oppose the use of creeds.
1. The Nicene Creed, largely a response to Arianism, was formulated at the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople in 325 and 381 respectively and ratified as the universal creed of Christendom by the Council of Ephesus in 431.
2. The Chalcedonian Creed, developed at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, though rejected by the Oriental Orthodox Churches, taught Christ "to be acknowledged in two natures, one divine and one human, and that both natures are perfect but are nevertheless perfectly united into one person.
3. The Athanasian Creed, received in the western Church as having the same status as the Nicene and Chalcedonian, says: "We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance."