By G. R. Evans
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44 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith The Content of the Creeds and the Question of Orthodoxy So the emergence of ‘creeds’ as convenient and reliable brief statements of faith has a history both in their use in worship, when the community affirmed its faith collectively, and in the instruction of the faithful. It also has a place in the defence of the faith against heresy. Alongside the idea of faith as a state or condition of the soul, an affective disposition towards God and a commitment to him, stands the question what exactly it was that Christians believed, what was the content of this belief.
A more moderate view refrains from worship or even veneration of images of God and holy things but recognizes that signs and symbols can be helpful as teaching aids. Others take a position which begins to cross a line towards ‘worship’ of images. They recognize that images may be numinous, and they try to draw power from them 40 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith to help them with difficulties in their lives. Throughout the Middle Ages, the relics of a saint were considered to have within them a store of the saint’s unused merits.
24 The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 25 Plate 1 Communion of the Apostles, fresco by Fra Angelico (1387–1455). Museo di San Marco, Florence/photo SCALA. It was known as the symposium, because of a story which was in circulation from about the end of the fourth century, that the Apostles sat together round a table to make it up, each contributing a clause. Rufinus, Jerome’s rival, wrote an explanation of the origin of this creed early in the fifth century. He describes how, as the Apostles separated to go out into the world at the Lord’s command, they ‘agreed’ the faith in a fixed form of words so that there should be no danger of divergence: As they were therefore on the point of taking leave of one another, they first settled an agreed norm of their future preaching, so that they might not find themselves, widely separated as they would be, giving out different doctrines.
A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans