Ecumenical creeds: Difference between revisions

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A creed by definition is a summary or statement of what one believes. It originates from the Latin ''[[credo]]'' meaning "I believe".<ref>{{cite web|title=creed - definition of creed in English|url=https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/creed|website=Oxford Dictionaries |language=English|accessdate=3 April 2017}}</ref> The purpose of a creed is to act as a yardstick of correct belief.<ref>{{cite web|last1=Meager|first1=David|title=A brief history of the three creeds|url=http://archive.churchsociety.org/crossway/documents/Cway_093_CreedsHistory.pdf|publisher=Cross†Way - Church Society|accessdate=3 April 2017|date=2004}}</ref> A creed is an epitome, not a full definition, of what is required for [[orthodoxy]]. It was hoped that by memorizing this summary of the faith, lay people without extensive theological training would still be able to recognize deviations from orthodox doctrines based on the [[Bible]] as interpreted in [[Christian tradition]].
 
The term "''[[ecumenical]]"''<ref>{{cite web|title=ecumenical - definition of ecumenical in English|url=https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ecumenical|website=Oxford Dictionaries|accessdate=3 April 2017|language=English}}</ref> can refer to efforts by Christians of different church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understandings. The term is also often used to refer to efforts towards the visible and organic unity of different Christian churches in some form.<ref>{{cite book|last1=FitzGerald|first1=Thomas E.|title=The Ecumenical Movement: An Introductory History|date=2004|publisher=Greenwood Publishing Group|isbn=9780313306068|url=https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=z-Z2akbbYtgC|accessdate=3 April 2017|language=en}}</ref>
 
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