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What problems, if any, do Mormons have with the Apostles' Creed?

Latter-day Saints reject the doctrines of the Trinity as taught by most Christian churches today. These creeds were canonized in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and do not reflect the thinking or ...
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What problems, if any, do Jehovah's Witnesses have with the Apostles' Creed?

Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs kind of line up with the text of the Apostle’s Creed, but their interpretation of it largely diverges from common trinitarian interpretations. Here is the ELLC translation ...
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What is the Baptist justification for anti-confessionalism?

Baptists*, in particular, are fond saying "We have no creed but the Bible." As this wonderful video shows, that is a creed, but it gets to the heart of your question - why do Baptists view creeds ...
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Did the Apostles' Creed originate with the Apostles?

A satisfactory answer requires that we examine the development of the Apostles' Creed through history. We'll deal with the question in three parts: Does today's version match that of the apostles? ...
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What problems, if any, do Swedenborgians have with the Apostles' Creed?

Swedenborg himself had no problems with the Apostles' Creed and he did address it in his writings. It is to be observed, that in the Apostles’ Creed it is said, “I believe in God the Father, in ...
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Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed?

This response has been extracted from a longer article of mine on the subject (linked at the end) , hence the discontinuous numbering of its sections. 1. Ousía in Greek philosophical discourse ...
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What problems, if any, do Christadelphians have with the Apostles' Creed?

Christadelphian beliefs impact on their view of the Apostle’s Creed, though that Creed is not something mentioned much (if at all) in their literature. Their literature does make it clear how ...
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Creed, Encyclical, Decretal, Canon, Bull, etc - What's the difference?

CreedThis word comes from the Latin verb credo, which means "I believe." A creed is a collection of articles of the faith* which are necessary to believe for salvation; "creed" can also refer to an ...
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Where do the scriptures speak of a "Church Universal" on Earth?

There is a fundamental misunderstanding here. The original word which is translated "church" in the English scriptures did not refer to a building. It referred to the community of believers. In New ...
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Why are the creeds still accepted as a belief system over scripture?

The creeds served various purposes. They corrected various heresies that had arisen at the time. The Nicene Creed was written to confront and expose the Arian heresy. This heresy denied the deity of ...
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How do Baptists catechize children?

The short answer is, they don't. They teach Sunday School. If you ask a Baptist, they'll probably tell you, we don't have a catechism. (Technically, they're wrong, but in practice, most haven't heard ...
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What problems, if any, do Swedenborgians have with the Apostles' Creed?

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) made several references to the Apostles' Creed in his theological writings, none of them negative. In general, he saw it as supporting his beliefs and teachings by ...
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What problems, if any, do Oneness Pentecostals have with the Apostles' Creed?

Like many other non-trinitarian groups, Oneness Pentecostals tend to be hesitant to align themselves too closely with any ancient creed, even one like the Apostles' Creed that is less clearly ...
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What problems, if any, do Christadelphians have with the Apostles' Creed?

I am Christadelphian and don't have a particular problem with the apostle's creed. It doesn't mention or imply the trinity... that was added later in church doctrine in our opinion. If the church ...
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Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed?

Purpose The original Nicene Creed, formulated in the year 325 AD, in the condemnations at the end of it, denounces: “Those who say … that the Son of God is of a different hypostasis (ὑποστάσεως) or ...
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Was the "Nicene Creed" of AD 381 an update of the Nicene Creed of AD 325?

There are many differences in wording, although with very similar meaning, allowing the assumption that the two creeds are independent of each other, linked only by being based on an earlier baptismal ...
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What is the justification for reciting creeds in public worship according to the regulative principle?

Those who hold to the Regulative Principle of Worship and recite creeds in public worship typically base this practice on two types of biblical evidence: Biblical commands to confess one's faith New ...
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Did any of the Catholic or Protestant paramilitary groups of the Northern Ireland conflicts of the 60s and 70s ever have an actual theological creed?

The paramilitary organisations did not hold particular theological positions and members were not, in general, especially pious. They were, for the most part, members or adherents of their respective ...
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Where do the scriptures speak of a "Church Universal" on Earth?

On the contrary, the word "church" does appear in the Scriptures, and in a meaning completely congruent with the idea of "the church universal". Initially, it appears that ...
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Is the Pope the Antichrist or the spirit of the Antichrist?

If I say 'B is that A' it does not exclude the possibility of also saying 'C is that A'. That the Savoy Declaration (and others that followed it) states the Pope of Rome as being 'Antichrist' does ...
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For those who don't believe baptism is required for salvation, when, scripturally, does someone die with Christ?

Summary For those Christians, the union with Christ's death happened when we trusted in Christ to apply personally Jesus's historic death on the cross through faith, which happened prior to the public ...
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For those who don't believe baptism is required for salvation, when, scripturally, does someone die with Christ?

One is already unified with Jesus Christ before they are water baptized. Look at Acts 10:44-48. The Apostle Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening ...
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Why have some conservative Reformed churches objected to the Belhar Confession?

I would refer you to another article by Kevin DeYoung that is included in the belhar confession: yea or nay. In it DeYoung points out that: "there are a few lines that cannot be supported by ...
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Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed?

The Wikipedia article on Hypostasis makes it clear that there was some confusion in terminology due to language difficulties of Latin, Greek and English. The concepts being referred to are confused by ...
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For those who don't believe baptism is required for salvation, when, scripturally, does someone die with Christ?

Anyone who says that baptism is required for salvation must therefore be saying that baptism in some way has an essential effect for the person's salvation. Those who say baptism isn't required for ...
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How do Baptists catechize children?

Baptist is is a broad label which encompasses many divergent groups, so providing anything more than generalizations is difficult. This is complicated by the fact that one of the distinctives of ...
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Why did the authors of the London Baptist Confession of 1689 callout the pope as being the antichrist?

Aside from the underlying reasons the Protestant Reformers gave for calling the Pope the Antichrist, there is a more basic reason that the London Baptist Confession in particular says what it says. ...
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According to the Catholic Church in her recent pronouncements, what is the order of truths to which the believer adheres?

Since this question has gone unanswered for some time, I will take a stab at it. Levels of Magisterial Teaching is not the same thing as a hierarchy of truths. Levels of Magisterial Teaching refers ...
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What problems, if any, do Mormons have with the Apostles' Creed?

I think that the other answer you received, though it contains useful information, gives a misleading overall impression. Latter-day Saints don't use the Apostles' Creed, simply because it's not part ...
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