A creed is a brief
statement of beliefs that outlines the essential truths of the faith.
They progress from simple statements in the bible, to the Nicene
Creed, to complex confessions. The following are some of
the thousands of creeds that have been written. For samples
of individual church creeds, many of which read like a confession,
click on the Congregational button to the left.
For a history of
the creeds, see Philip Schaff's Creeds of Christendom vol.
1 and vol. 2.
Also, check out this website: http://www.apostles-creed.org/documents-creeds-catechisms-confessions/
has finished his own work on creeds, called Credo, Yale
University Press, 2003. It's expensive, but excellent.