Salvation in the Athanasian Creed
[Jesus] will come again to judge the living and the dead.
At his coming all people shall rise bodily to give an account of their own deeds.
Those who have done good will enter eternal life, those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.
This is the catholic faith.
One cannot be saved without believing this firmly and faithfully.
I was struck by the fact that salvation is explicitly linked to believing this, but the coming judgment is on the basis of deeds . From where I sit (especially as a post-Lutheran) this seems contradictory. Clearly the framers of this creed did not think it was contradictory, so I wonder what exactly they meant by salvation.