the episcopal church, together with most churches, teaches that the essential elements of the christian faith are found in the words of the nicene creed. the apostles' creed is another ancient statement of faith, around which some of the following pages are organized.

because of the importance christianity places on faith, it is common for some to assume that faith must be the same as belief. but this is not entirely correct. the faith of which saint Paul speaks is not a mere belief (even the demons believe, and tremble he says). it is a trust in God and an allegiance to God. it is, one might say, to proclaim oneself on God's side.

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:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
    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, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    with the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    he has spoken through the prophets.
    we believe in one holy catholic 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.

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