A creed (also confession, symbol, or statement of faith) is a statement of the shared beliefs of a religious community in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets.
One of the most widely used creeds in Christianity is the Nicene Creed, first formulated in AD 325 at the First Council of Nicaea. It was based on Christian understanding of the Canonical Gospels, the letters of the New Testament and to a lesser extent the Old Testament. Affirmation of this creed, which describes the Trinity, is generally taken as a fundamental test of orthodoxy for most Christian denominations. The Apostles' Creed is also broadly accepted. Some Christian denominations and other groups have rejected the authority of those creeds.
Muslims declare the shahada, or testimony: "I bear witness that there is no god but (the One) God ( Allah), and I bear witness that Muhammad is God's messenger."
Whether Judaism is creedal has been a point of some controversy. Although some say Judaism is noncreedal in nature, others say it recognizes a single creed, the Shema Yisrael, which begins: "Hear, O Israel: the our God, the is one."
A creed is a statement of religious belief.
Creed may also refer to:
Creed: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a soundtrack album for the 2015 film Creed, which features music by various artists. The album was released on November 20, 2015 through Atlantic Records.
Creed is an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band's best-known line-up consists of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips. Creed released two studio albums, My Own Prison in 1997 and Human Clay in 1999, before Marshall left the band in 2000 with the band remaining a three-piece. The band's third record, Weathered, was released in 2001 with Tremonti handling bass before the band disbanded in 2004 due to increasing tension between members. Tremonti, Marshall, and Phillips went on to found Alter Bridge while Stapp followed a solo career. After years of speculation, Creed reunited in 2009 for a tour and new album called Full Circle, later touring again in 2012. Another album was planned, but has since been shelved, with the band's members turning their attention to other musical endeavors. There are currently no plans for the band to resume in the near future.
Becoming popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the band released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, one of which has been certified diamond. Creed has sold over 28 million records in the United States, and over 53 million albums worldwide, becoming the ninth best-selling artist of the 2000s. Creed is often recognized as one of the prominent acts of the post-grunge movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Creed is a surname of English origin. At the time of the British Census of 1881, its frequency was highest in Somerset (7.4 times the British average), followed by Gloucestershire, Dorset, Kent, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Warwickshire, London, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire. The name may refer to:
- Frederick G. Creed (1871–1957), a Canadian inventor
- John Creed (1842–1930), an Australian politician
- John Creed (1819–1872), an Irish-American soldier
- Linda Creed (1949–1986), an American songwriter
- Martin Creed (b. 1968), an English artist
- Michael Creed (b. 1963), an Irish Fine Gael politician
- Charlie Creed-Miles (b. 1972), a British actor
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film, directed by Ryan Coogler and co-written by Coogler and Aaron Covington. A spin-off and sequel to the Rocky film series, the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo's son, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, and Graham McTavish. The film reunites Jordan with Fruitvale Station writer/director Coogler, and Wood Harris, with whom Jordan worked on The Wire.
Filming began on January 19, 2015 in Liverpool, and later also took place in Philadelphia, Rocky's hometown. Creed was released in the United States on November 25, 2015, the fortieth anniversary of the date of the opening scene in 1976's Rocky. The seventh installment of the series and sequel to 2006's Rocky Balboa, the film received acclaim from critics, who called it the best Rocky film in many years. For his performance, Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his first Oscar nomination since the original film. He won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, his first Golden Globe.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Creed \Creed\, v. t. To believe; to credit. [Obs.]
That part which is so creeded by the people.
Creed \Creed\ (kr[=e]d), n. [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. [,c]raddadh[=a]mi; [,c]rat trust + dh[=a] to put. See Do, v. t., and cf. Credo, Grant.]
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 co["o]rdinate with, but always subordinate to, the Bible.
Any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to.
I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed.
Apostles' creed, Athanasian creed, Nicene creed. See under Apostle, Athanasian, Nicene.
n. 1 That which is believed; accepted doctrine, especially religious; a particular set of beliefs; any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to. 2 A reading or statement of belief that summarizes the faith it represents; a definite summary of what is believed; a confession of faith for public use; especially, one which is brief and comprehensive. 3 (context rare English) The fact of believe; belief, faith. vb. To believe; to credit.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English creda "article or statement of Christian belief," from Latin credo "I believe" (see credo). Broadening 17c. to mean "any statement of belief."
Usage examples of "creed".
What in another time and society might be taken as platitudes about public service were to both John and Abigail Adams a lifelong creed.
The Muslim operates under a legalistic system embracing five essentials: the creed, prayers, almsgiving, fasting and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
The opinions of Arianism might satisfy a cold and speculative mind: but the doctrine of the Nicene creed, most powerfully recommended by the merits of faith and devotion, was much better adapted to become popular and successful in a believing age.
They contend for a spiritual creed and a spiritual worship: we have a Calvinistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Arminian clergy.
The strict morality which so generally prevails where the Mussulmans have complete ascendency prevented the Sheik from entertaining any such sinful hopes as an European might have ventured to cherish under the like circumstances, and he saw no chance of gratifying his love except by inducing the girl to embrace his own creed.
This has been true of the Athanasian creed, in the Anglican Church, for two centuries more or less, unless the Archbishop of Canterbury, Tillotson, stood alone in wishing the church were well rid of it.
I put it in my prayer-book in order to preserve it when I could keep it in water no longer, and it has stained the leaf, and spoilt the Athanasian Creed.
In such a language the Athanasian Creed itself would be puzzling to a neophyte.
The man who apprehends such a statement of doctrine as the Athanasian creed affords, as a sweet and gracious mystery, thereby draws nearer to God.
Doc said slowly, his hands folded in front of him as though he were reciting a part of the Athanasian Creed.
If the moderns really want a simple religion of love, they must look for it in the Athanasian Creed.
But he was no theologian to understand the vast gulf between the Arian and Athanasian creeds, so he convened a Church council at Nicaea to determine which was the true belief.
Nicene, and the Athanasian creed, without splitting metaphysical hairs with your neighbor?
So, too, in Church questions, though he was an anti-Tractarian, he had a great reverence for the Athanasian Creed and in general was a High Churchman.
It is the doctrine of all churches in Christendom that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is infinite, eternal, uncreated and omnipotent, as may be seen in the Athanasian Creed.