By G. R. Evans
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A tradition grew up that the Apostles themselves had left a creed containing all that was needful. In its present form the ‘Apostles’ Creed’ is first found in the eighth century, but it is certainly older, with versions in local use from at least the fourth century. It may go back to the first period of the Roman Church. No Council of the Church formally approved it; it gained its currency from use and acceptance, and its authority from the belief that it was the work of Jesus’s own Apostles. It was used in the Middle Ages in the baptism service, and it is thus important as a statement of the beliefs of a candidate for baptism.
In parts of Africa polygamy is the social norm. Should Christians in such societies be allowed to have more than one spouse? There was some recognition even before the twentieth century that not every difference of opinion ought to be ‘church-dividing’. Some things may not matter; they may be questions on which Christians remain free to take different views. A variety of different points have presented themselves in different periods as ‘unresolved questions’ on which 20 The Importance of Being United the Church has taken no settled view and on which there is therefore no orthodoxy.
He made a clear distinction between what he was doing, and the ‘direct dictation’ of the Holy Spirit which was generally seen as the privilege of the Evangelists and the divine inspiration which the Prophets were believed to have enjoyed. This distinction became very blurred as the Vulgate was read and discussed century by century, for it was difficult not to treat the Latin text as ‘real’ Scripture, when it was the only text available to most scholars. The difficulties of ensuring that the ‘interpretation’ of Scripture did not lead readers ‘away’ from its message did not grow less with the centuries.
A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans