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THE APOSTLES' CREED

THE

APOSTLES' CREED

Its Origin, Its Purpose, and
Its Historical Interpretation

A Lecture, with Critical potes

BY

ARTHUR CUSHMAN MCGIFFERT

Washburn Professor of Church History in the Union Theological

Seminary, New York

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

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PREFACE

THE

NHE lecture with which this volume opens

was first given at the Harvard University Summer School of Theology in July, 1899. It has been given since at the University of Chicago, and a part of it was read at the meeting of the American Historical Association held in Detroit in December, 1900. The lecture is printed substantially in its original form, though at a few points changes have been made as a result of further study.

Its publication has been deferred until the present time because it contains some conclusions at variance with those commonly accepted by modern scholars, which it seemed best to withhold until the reasons for them could be stated in detail. Those reasons will be found in the critical notes, which fill the greater part of the volume, and contain discussions of the most important questions connected with the origin, the text, the purpose and historical interpretation of the creed. Since the appearance last year of the final volume of Kattenbusch's elabo

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