About the apostolicity of the Symbolum / Περί της αποστολικότητας του Συμβόλου


What the symbolum taught authoritatively in any new case of doctrinal dispute was in fact only known conclusively after it had been decided which of the contending parties was the victorious one, and, consequently, was able to incorporate its own decision in the newly formulated wording of the formula of confession. Thus in reality the rule of faith was not a document of a definitively fixed and unchangeable tradition, but of one in the course of evolution and conceived in change. The assertion, that the tradition fixed in the symbolum was genuinely the “Apostolic”, proves itself, therefore, to be a gross fiction.

Martin Werner, The formation of Christian Dogma, p. 67.


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