By G. R. Evans
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So they met together in one spot and, being filled with the Holy Spirit, compiled this brief token . . 2 This story, which is older than Rufinus, gave an authority to what had become known as the ‘Apostles’ Creed’ which preserve its status alongside that of the Nicene Creed created by the Council of Nicaea in 325 at the height of the Arian crisis. Throughout the Middle Ages it was accepted that the Apostles’ Creed was indeed the work of the Apostles. The important question is how far it is ultimately ‘apostolic’ in the wider sense of ‘deriving from the earliest period of the Church’.
But that argument worked powerfully, too, in the case of infants, for infant morality was high and Augustine was not the only bishop to hold that an unbaptized infant could not enter the presence of God and spend eternity in heaven. Ironically, one of the heretical movements against which Augustine actively wrote and preached sharpened this The Boundaries of Orthodoxy: Faith 37 question. The Pelagians took it that all that was needed was a resolute following of Christ; a human being need not sin if he or she tried hard, and there was no inheritance of sinfulness (original sin) from Adam to be taken into account.
Many reformers were also concerned that making and paying for statues used money and wealth which could have been employed in helping the poor. Even sixteenth-century conservatives and moderates were uncomfortable with anything which looked like a tendency towards idolatry. Thomas More kept images out of his Utopia. Erasmus was unenthusiastic about them. At one extreme the use of images may seem best avoided altogether, since no image can do justice to the transcendency of God. That was the position generally taken by the sixteenth-century reformers and their heirs.
A Brief History of Heresy (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by G. R. Evans