Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386) on the role of Creeds

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Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386) gave a series of 24 lectures around the year 350 to those about to be baptized, the first 18 commonly known as the Catechetical Lectures, in which he explains various aspects of Christian faith and practice. Below he explains the origins and role of creeds, noting their importance as summaries of Scripture:

“This synthesis of faith [the creed] was not made to be agreeable to human opinions, but to present the one teaching of the faith in its totality, in which what is of greatest importance is gathered together from all the Scriptures. And just as a mustard seed contains a great number of branches in its tiny grain, so also this summary of faith brings together in a few words the entire knowledge of the true religion which is contained in the Old and New [Testaments].”

– Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386), Catechetical Lectures, Catechesis V. 12

For more on the importance of creeds, you may want to check out this earlier post from Carl Trueman‘s book The Creedal Imperative:

https://deovivendiperchristum.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/carl-trueman-yes-you-do-have-a-creed/

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