OK, all you Catholics out there, catechized to a T. Let’s see if you know your creeds. And yes, there are more than two. But we’ll start there. (Answers below)
1. Which came first, the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene?
2. Why is it called Apostles’?
3. What is the long name for Nicene Creed?
4. What’s in the Nicene that isn’t in the Apostles’?
5. What’s one notable thing in the Apostles’ that’s not in the Nicene?
6. What the heck is the Athanasian Creed?
7. Name these councils in order: Lateran, Trent, Lyons, Toledo. (Because each one wrote its own profession of faith, and you know them by heart, right?)
8. Final (trick) question: What is the first profession of faith?
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ANSWERS (I wish Blogger would let me write these upside-down so you can’t cheat.)
1. The Apostles’, obviously. I mean, if there were such a thing as the Jesus Creed, that would be first, but the Apostles are as close as we’re gonna get.
2. Well, duh. “Because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith.” (CCC 194)
3. The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed “stems from the first two ecumenical Councils” (CCC 195). These Councils were in Nicaea (325) and Constantinople (381).
4. Mostly two things: (a) the attributes of Jesus Christ (“begotten of the Father before all ages” and et cetera); and (b) the attributes of the Holy Spirit (“the Lord, the giver of life”…)
5. The communion of saints, which sings to me.
6. A defense of Trinitarian doctrine and Christology credited to Athanasius of Alexandria. Here, Google it yourself.
7. There were eighteen councils in Toledo (400–702), two in Lyons (1245 and 1272–74), and five Lateran Councils (1123–1517). The Council of Trent lasted eighteen years (1545–1563) because they had a lot of catching up to do. Don’t ask me who wrote what when. Above my pay grade.
8. The baptismal, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”