The oldest statement of belief in the church, based on the teachings of the Apostles.
Though not written by the Apostles this is an ancient creed of the Christian Church and is understood to represent the teaching of the Apostles. In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century and is more widely recognized and used within Christendom than any other Christian creed.
Though not written by the apostles (a common assumption in the Middle Ages) the Apostles' Creed faithfully summarizes the apostolic teaching of Holy Scripture. Its origins date back to the second century where it developed as a statement of faith in conjunction with Holy Baptism. In most churches it is still used at every baptism.