- Whosoever will be saved, before all things is necessary to hold the Catholic faith.
- Which faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
- But this is the Catholic faith: That we worship one God in trinity, and trinity in unity;
- Neither confounding the persons; nor dividing the substance.
- For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son; another of the Holy Ghost.
- But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
- Such as the Father is, such is the Son, such is the Holy Ghost.
- The Father is uncreated; the Son is uncreated; the Holy Ghost is uncreated.
- The Father is incomprehensible; the Son is incomprehensible; the Holy Ghost is incomprehensible.
- The Father is eternal; the Son is eternal; the Holy Ghost is eternal.
- And yet there are not three eternals; but one eternal.
- And also there are not three uncreated; nor three incomprehensible; but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
- So likewise the Father is almighty; the Son is almighty; and the Holy Ghost is almighty.
- And yet there are not three almighties, but one almighty.
- So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
- And yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
- So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Ghost is Lord.
- And yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
- For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every person by Himself to be God and Lord;
- So are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say: there are three Gods, or three Lords.
- The Father is made of none; neither created nor begotten.
- The Son is of the Father alone; not made; nor created; but begotten.
- The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son not made; neither created; nor begotten, but proceeding.
- Thus there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons: one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
- And in this trinity none is before or after another, none greater nor less than another.
- But the whole three persons are co-eternal together, and co-equal.
- So that in all things, as aforesaid, the unity in trinity, and the trinity in unity is to be worshipped.
- He, therefore, that will be saved, must thus think of the trinity.
Athanasius (A.D. 297?-373)
cf.”The Creed of Athanasius” — Vol.7, page 366, Anti-Nicene Fathers.
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