Historical Creeds and Confessions of the Christian Faith

Historical Creeds and Confessions of the Christian Faith

Below are links to many of the historic creeds and confessions of the faith throughout much of Christian Church history.

While I have my own Statement of Faith, which contains many of my main doctrinal beliefs, I also closely align with many of the points contained within the below confessions. The ones I agree with the most doctrinally are the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978). Although many others below are very compatible with my beliefs in numerous ways, I still may disagree with them on a few minor, secondary issues.

Dozens of other Christian creeds and confessions have been drawn up throughout the span of church history, so what is below is but the “tip of the iceberg.” The reason they’re listed here is that I find that these reflect purer Biblical doctrine than others, and do not base their positions so much on tradition and man-made sacraments. The later ones listed below may tend to lean more toward Reformed/Presbyterian/Baptist theology.

Apostles’ Creed (3rd – 4th Century A.D.)
Nicene Creed (A.D. 325)
Chalcedonian Creed (A.D. 451)
Athanasian Creed (5th Century A.D.)
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1571)
Westminster Confession (1646)
London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)
New Hampshire Baptist Confession (1833)
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978)
Baptist Faith and Message (2000)

Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists (FEB) Belief Statement/Affirmation of Faith (1953)