Q. Why are the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed different?
A. Like all Catholic creeds, the Apostles’ and the Nicene provide something of a summary of the faith that we profess. Nevertheless, no brief creed can include every single fundamental Christian belief, and specific historical circumstances shaped which of the fundamentals were included or emphasized in each creed. The result is some variation in content, though of course not in doctrine.
Here’s an example of a fundamental tenet of faith that is not expressly stated in either creed: The Nicene notes that Christ “rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures,” and that the Holy Spirit “has spoken through the prophets.” But it doesn’t contain, nor does the Apostles’ Creed, an explicit statement of t