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As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty.
As the Apostles’ Creed was not in fact authored by the Apostles, and the Nicene Creed as it now stands was actually the product of the Council of Constantinople, not the Council of Nicaea, so too the Athanasian Creed was not authored by Saint Athanasius.
In each case, however, the creed in question does present the faith of the nominal author, so the traditional titles are fitting if somewhat historically inexact.
The First Council of Nicea rejected the heresy of Arianism, which held that Christ is a creature, less than God the Father. Athanasius taught that Christ is ‘of one substance () with the Father’ and ‘God of God, light of light, very God of very God’, ‘begotten not made’, to battle the views of the Arians.
According to Athanasius, ‘there never was a was when the Son was not’.
The Son is of the Father alone: neither created, but begotten.The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.As for the damnatory clauses, they may be understood as directed mainly against traitors to the faith or apostates (those who fail to keep the faith), rather than as a condemnation of those who have never had the opportunity to embrace or hear the gospel.In any case, the status of the Athanasian Creed is acknowledged by the of the Anglican Catholic Church.
Or to put it another way, if the Father is eternal, the Son must be co-eternal with him, since a father is not a father without a son.