I wonder if anyone here has an 'official' answer for me. When looking at what declarations an ordinands in the Church of England must make, I came across this from the CofE website: From the CofE official website, Canons 7th ed. C15 Declaration of Assent: 1(1) The Declaration of Assent to be made under this Canon shall be in the form set out below: PREFACE The Church of England is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds, which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Book of Common Prayer and the Ordering of Bishops, Priests and Deacons. In the declaration you are about to make will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care? Declaration of Assent I, A B, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorized or allowed by Canon. (2) The preface which precedes the Declaration of Assent in the form set out above (with in each case such adaptations as are appropriate) shall be spoken by the archbishop or bishop or commissary in whose presence the Declaration is to be made in accordance with the following provisions of this paragraph and shall be spoken by him before the making of the Declaration. (3) Every person who is to be consecrated bishop or suffragan bishop shall on the occasion of his consecration publicly and openly make the Declaration of Assent in the presence of the archbishop by whom he is to be consecrated and of the congregation there assembled. (4) Every person who is to be ordained priest or deacon shall before ordination make the Declaration of Assent in the presence of the archbishop or bishop by whom he is to be ordained. See: http://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/churchlawlegis/canons/section-c.aspx However, It is not made clear precisely whether or not the 'catholic creeds' would include either a) the Athanasian Creed, or b) assent to every part of every creed, or c) exactly what creeds are included under the term Given the difficult history of the Athanasian Creed within Anglicanism this is quite troubling: a good historical case can be made for it a) not being by Athanasius, and b) no being originally a creed, and c) not originally being accepted by ecumenical council, and d) not being truly catholic. It's use has obviously been marginalised within Anglican practice, and there are obviously ministers within the communion who reject its teachings, but it is still an official part of the anglican documents. I can get no clear answer to the question (I e-mailed the CofE directly) - Does the ordinand declaration of assent include the Athanasian creed or no? Help?