Athanasian Creed

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Athanasian Creed

(ăthənā`zhən), exact, elaborate Roman Catholic statement on the Trinity and the Incarnation. It is no longer believed to have been written by AthanasiusAthanasius, Saint
, c.297–373, patriarch of Alexandria (328–73), Doctor of the Church, great champion of orthodoxy during the Arian crisis of the 4th cent. (see Arianism).
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, but rather by an unknown Western author of the 6th cent. An English translation appears in the English Book of Common Prayer. It is sometimes called Quicumque or Quicumque Vult [whoever wishes (to be saved)].