APPENDIX (for handy reference)

The relevant portions of the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Quicunque Vult (commonly called the Athanasian Creed).

1. The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the Holy Ghost.

2. The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father;
By whom all things were made;
Who came down from Heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost and was made man.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spake by the prophets.

3. The Quicunque Vult

The Catholic Faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost; but the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one-the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son and such is the Holy Ghost: the Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate; the Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal;
And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal; as also there are not three incomprehensibles nor three untreated, but one untreated and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty; and yet they are not three almighties but one almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God; and yet they are not three Gods but one God; so likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord; and yet not three Lords but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say, there be three Gods or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten;
The Son is of the Father alone, neither made nor created, but begotten;
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding;
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is afore or after other, none is greater or less than another; but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man:
God, of the Substance of his Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God, and perfect Man of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting; equal to the Father as touching his Godhead and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ.

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