The Nicene Creed
The core historical beliefs of Christianity are summed up in the Nicene Creed, which is recited by Christians of many denominations in their regular acts of worship. This Creed was drawn up in 325CE by the Council of Nicaea (a gathering of all bishops from across the world) as a statement of orthodoxy and as a defence against heresies. The Creed explicitly states the belief that God is Three-in-One, or Trinity, i.e. God the Creator and Father, Jesus as the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God at work in the world, all of whom are both worshipped and acknowledged as separate persons of the one triune God. The Creed also affirms the unity of the Church, baptism and repentance for the remission of sins, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgement, and everlasting life.