The Apostles’ Creed was composed by a group of Christians who wanted to provide people of other religions the opportunity to be baptised. In order to do so, they provided these individuals with a set of “rules” that they needed to adhere to. The Council of Milan penned a letter in the year 390 A.D., which is considered to be the oldest known evidence of the existence of the Creed.
Although there are still many individuals who hold the belief that the Apostles’ Creed was penned by the 12 Apostles, modern theologians have debunked this popular misconception. Every version of the Apostles’ Creed has a few idiosyncratic quirks of its own. The English Language Liturgical Consultation version is the one that is known to the general public in the United States the most. It discusses in great depth the beliefs held by the Apostles about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, Jesus’ function as a judge, the role that the church is supposed to perform, and the role that the Trinity plays.
The Apostles’ Creed established a connection between the Christian religion and tradition, facilitated the acceptance of one another by many churches, and led to the establishment of a church that adhered to the principles described in the creed. Baptism was the last step in the conversion process for those individuals who decided to follow the Christian faith. They committed the credo to memory and continued to abide by it both before and after they were baptised. People were able to convert more easily as a result of this since they were just need to know the credo of their new religion rather than the whole of the new faith.