I conclude, with this additional Reflection, that As it was the Horrible Athanasian Creed that directly brought me to the Baptists, so should I think it one good Step towards the Church of England's admission of Primitive Christianity, if her Archbishops and bishops would but leave off the use of that Creed in their own Chapples; and thereby recommend its Omission to all their Subordinate Clergy.
(18) Whiston states in his Memoirs that both archbishops "little" approved of the Athanasian creed. The reason they were resistant to Whiston's proposal was due to a lack of courage.
In reply, Ramabai defended the doubts she had had about the Athanasian Creed when she had asked for baptism and wrote pointedly, "You and Dean Butler must have, I suppose, a greater authority than that of the Apostle Philip to ask (of) me a belief more than is needed to be baptized in the Christian Faith." (39)
Sister Geraldine expected Ramabai to assimilate completely to the high Anglican orthodoxy of her time, including the Athanasian Creed, high Anglican doctrines, and the appropriate strands of high Anglican British culture.
Similarly, whereas he had rejected the Athanasian Creed
as a young man and had finally found an avenue for its acceptance in Maurice's liberal interpretation of negative doctrines like eternal punishment, in 1865 he seems closer to a position of casuistry or mental reservation than to one of a via media: For myself, I can sign the Articles in their literal sense toto corde, and subscription is no bondage to me, and so I am sure can you.
According to tradition, many congregations will recite the Athanasian Creed
, the Christian Church's confession of the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity - the three persons in one God -- all three of whom as distinct and co-eternal persons.
There are four extant manuscripts of a 14th-century anonymous interlinear Latin-to-Middle English glossed prose translation of the Book of Psalms, 11 canticles, and the Athanasian Creed
. This first of a two-volume edition publishes the Middle English of the base text P (MS Pepys 2498, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge) along with substantive variants in three other manuscripts.
After the psalms come nine canticles, the Gloria, Pater Noster, the Apostles' and Athanasian creeds
, and the apocryphal Psalm 151.