During my morning workout on the treadmill I have been memorizing and re-memorizing some Scripture, as well as the Apostle’s Creed.
There is a great website on Wikipedia on the Nicene (and other) Creeds: For example, look at the following and links you find there:: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_versions_of_the_Nicene_Creed.
The site includes various early church Creeds (and some of the Greek and Latin texts), including Egnlish versions of the Nicene Creed. There is also a picture of an icon that shows Emperor Constantine and the Fathers at that first Councin in Nicaea (in 325) holding the Creed in its 381 version. It is the most widely used Creed.
These were pivotal in the life of the early church and have since been used by the Catholic Church, Protestant denominations, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. They remind us of what is essential and unconditional in claiming that we are Christians.
Today, when we translate and read the Bible we need to be reminded that the foundational aspects of our faith were laid out from the Bible by outstanding theologians and scholars.