Why We Have a Creed

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The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages, Scott Hahn, Nicene Creed,



We profess it every week at Mass: the creed. It can often feel like a sixty-second test of memory, but Christians for millennia have lived and died to profess it. In the creed, we proclaim some of the most profound truths of the Faith: God’s fatherhood, Jesus’ divine sonship, the Holy Spirit’s divinity, the Church’s mission.

While most of us would pass an exam on the recitation of the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds, our understanding of this weekly profession of faith might not be as solid.

Where did this creed come from? Who chose what would be included? Do we have to profess it to be Catholic?

These are questions the early Christians dealt with far more often, but that are no less important for us today.

In this audio clip, Dr. Scott Hahn explains how the creed isn’t just a test of memory, but a promise that we are made in the image and likeness of God. It is our assent to God’s promise to make us His own.


This audio clip is taken from The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages by Scott Hahn. Learn more about the creed’s development and gain a better understanding of each dogma we proclaim every Sunday.