creed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n creed any system of principles or beliefs
    • n creed the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Creed A definite summary of what is believed; esp., a summary of the articles of Christian faith; a confession of faith for public use; esp., one which is brief and comprehensive. "In the Protestant system the creed is not coördinate with, but always subordinate to, the Bible."
    • Creed Any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to. "I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed ."
    • v. t Creed To believe; to credit. "That part which is so creeded by the people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n creed A statement of belief on any subject, religious, political, scientific, or other; especially, a formal statement of religious belief; a “form of words, setting forth with authority certain articles of belief which are regarded by the framers as necessary for salvation, or at least for the well-being of the Christian Church” (Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, I. i.). In the Protestant churches the authority of creeds is relative and limited, and always subordinate to the Bible as the only infallible rule of faith and practice. In the Greek and Roman Catholic churches the creed of the church is regarded as of equal authority over the believer with the Bible. The principal historical creeds of Christendom are the following: the Apostles' Creed (see apostle) and the Nicene Creed (see Nicene), both originating in the fourth century, and generally accepted by Christian churches, Protestant, Greek, and Roman Catholic; the Athanasian Creed (see Athanasian), retained by the Church of England, but not by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, nor by other Protestant communities; the Decrees of the Council of Trent (a. d. 1563), the great symbol of Romanism (see Tridentine); the Orthodox Confession of Mogilas (seventeenth century), and the creed ratified by the Synod of Jerusalem (1672), both recognized by the Greek Church; the Augsburg Confession (1530), the symbol of the Lutheran Church; the Helvetic Confessions (two confessions, a first and a second Helvetic Confession, 1536, 1566), adopted by Swiss theologians as a statement of the reformed faith of the Swiss churches; the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647), the symbol of the Presbyterian Church; the Canons of the Synod of Dort (1619), aimed especially at Arminianism, and still regarded as a symbol of doctrine by the Reformed Church of the Netherlands and the Reformed (Dutch) Church in America; the Thirty-nine Articles (1563–71) of the Church of England and (revised in 1801) of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States; the Savoy Confession (1658), a Congregational symbol, and formerly generally accepted by Congregationalists; and the Twenty-five Articles of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784), of which the first twenty-four were prepared by John Wesley, on the basis of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England. A number of other special declarations of faith by other Protestant bodies are of less historical significance. The word creed, however, in its strict sense applies only to comparatively brief formulas of profession of faith (as the Apostles' Creed), beginning with the words “I believe” or “We believe,” and intended to be used at baptism or reception of converts, or in public worship.
    • n creed What is believed; accepted doctrine; especially, religious doctrine.
    • creed To credit; believe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Creed a summary of articles of religious belief, esp. those called the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian: any system of belief
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “Art raises its head where creeds relax.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
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    “A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.”
  • Sir Francis Doyle
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    “His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his simple plan, to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. credo, crede, AS. creda, fr. L. credo, I believe, at the beginning of the Apostles' creed, fr. credere, to believe; akin to OIr. cretim, I believe, and Skr. çraddadhāmi,; çrat, trust + dhā, to put. See Do (v. t.), and cf. Credo Grant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. credentia—L. credent-, believing, pr.p. of credĕre.

Usage

In literature:

For support she clutched at her creed.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Our creed is naught but prayer-mumbling and pious mummeries.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Our creed is our creed.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
I don't mean only creeds in churches, I mean creeds in politics, business and everywhere else.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Their creeds and myths are based on what they make of pain.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
I know all the clauses of your creed.
"East of the Shadows" by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
We may as well look here for Bolingbroke's creed, rather than amongst his prose works.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
The relapses are always to the creed a man finds about him, or to the creed of his childhood.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
By and bye, the great naturalist may figure as an ardent devotee of the creed he rejected.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
If a creed or Church upholds such doctrines they should shun it as they would a pest-house.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Nestorianism might be described as ebionitism conforming to the creeds of Nicaea and Constantinople.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
What a mockery to meet it with empty creed and human dogma!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He shouted out his creeds of holiness, he rumbled in his chest and made graphic mouthings.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
He was born to be in a minority; to be a living protest against the dominant creed and constitution.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Their creed was simple enough.
"Lectures Delivered in America in 1874" by Charles Kingsley
And does he not at the same time extend his Imperial protection over believers of every creed?
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
So little efficacy was there in the determination of the Council of Nicea, that for many years afterward creed upon creed appeared.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
My confusion comes from thinking of you more than of my creed.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
There is no strife for gold, for place, for dignities, All holding My Son's creed!
"Satan Absolved" by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
Their creed, too, was 'Glory to God, peace on earth, goodwill to man.
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
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In poetry:

This is my creed,
This be my deed:
Faith, or a doubt,
I shall speak out--
And hide not my heart.
"Hide Not Thy Heart" by Richard Watson Gilder
And no matter what your occupation is.
Or what is your creed.
He will try to help you
In the time of need;
"To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
My folk were godly Churchmen,—
Or paced in Elders' weeds;
But all were grave and pious
And hated heathen creeds.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
With a hope the creeds forbid
In her pitying bosom hid,
To the listening ear of Heaven
Lo! the Indian's name was given.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For though creeds whirl away in dust,
Faith fails and men forget,
These aged gods of fright and lust
Cling to life yet.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
"He has no enemies!" Indeed!
Then what has he been doing?
Or, what on earth can be his creed?
What has he been pursuing?
"No Enemies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

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