Credo vs. Creed

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Main Difference

The main difference between Credo and Creed is that the Credo is a Christian statement of belief and Creed is a statement of belief.

  • Credo

    A credo (pronounced [ˈkɾeːdoː], Latin for “I believe”) is a statement of religious belief, such as the Apostles’ Creed. The term especially refers to the use of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (or less often, the Apostles’ Creed) in the Mass, either as spoken text, or sung as Gregorian chant or other musical settings of the Mass.

  • Creed

    A creed (also known as a 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.

    The earliest creed in Christianity, “Jesus is Lord”, originated in the writings of Saint Paul. 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 LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

  • Credo (noun)

    A belief system.

  • Credo (noun)

    A musical arrangement of the Creed for use in church services.

  • Creed (noun)

    That which is accepted doctrine, especially religious doctrine; a particular set of beliefs; any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to.

  • Creed (noun)

    A reading or brief and comprehensive.

    “A creed is a manifesto of religious or spiritual beliefs”

  • Creed (noun)

    The fact of believing; belief, faith.

  • Creed (verb)

    To credit.

  • Creed (verb)

    To creed.

  • Credo (noun)

    a statement of the beliefs or aims which guide someone’s actions

    “he announced his credo in his first editorial”

  • Credo (noun)

    a creed of the Christian Church in Latin.

  • Credo (noun)

    a musical setting of the Nicene Creed, typically as part of a mass

    “the Credo of Bach’s B minor Mass”

  • Creed (noun)

    a system of religious belief; a faith

    “people of many creeds and cultures”

  • Creed (noun)

    a formal statement of Christian beliefs, especially the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed

    “the godparents will then swear that they believe in the Creed and the Commandments”

  • Creed (noun)

    a set of beliefs or aims which guide someone’s actions

    “liberalism was more than a political creed”

Oxford Dictionary

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