The Silence of the Creeds on Sola Scriptura

[A certain well know Catholic Apologetics group refuses to reply back to my email regarding the possibility of running this show essay, so I post it for your review and comments.  I for one have not heard Sola Scripture argued from the point of the Creeds of the Catholic Church.]
If sola scriptura, in any form whether it is the strict
fundamentalist Christians-must-only-believe-what-is-found-in-the-Bible or the
more liberal all-Christian-traditions-and-beliefs-must-be-biblically-based, is
true and has been the belief of the Christian faith since the beginning one
would expect to find early Christian theology and writing to be saturated with
it.  However, this is not the case.
One place a Christian would expect to find the crucial and key
tenants to being a Christian is in what the Church believes.  In this case: the Creed.  Through the early church there have been
several different, but remarkably similar, statements of belief found amongst
the early Christians, and all are silent on the issue of Sola Scripture.

The earliest known example of a creed is the creed by St.
Irenaeus (c. 180 A.D.), which is found in his writing Against Heresies.  The creed,
summarizing what a Christian believes, is as follows:

. .
. believing in one God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and all things
therein, by means of Christ Jesus, the Son of God; who, because of His
surpassing love towards His creation, condescended to be born of the virgin, He
Himself uniting man through Himself to God, and having suffered under Pontius
Pilate, and rising again, and having been received up in splendour, shall come
in glory, the Saviour of those who are saved, and the Judge of those who are
judged, and sending into eternal fire those who transform the truth, and
despise His Father and His advent.

One would think that
if St. Irenaeus truly was a descendent of the apostles in office who was
instructed in faith by St. Polycarp who was instructed by St. John the Apostle
that what St. John handed on would be well preserved and that St. John himself
would have at least instructed his disciples on the importance of scripture
alone as the foundation for Christianity. 
However, Irenaeus’ creed is silent on the role of scripture. 

A 4th
century Christian writer and historian, Rufinus (c.307-309) writes to a Bishop
Laurentius in which he gives not only an exposition of the Creed but also a
brief history of the Creed of Rome, known as the creed of Aquileia.  In the course of his commentary, Rufinus
draws out the differences between the creeds from the Eastern Churches and the
Western Churches.  Though there are
differences, the core content is similar in expression indicating a common
source.  This common source, according to
Rufinus, is the 12 apostles themselves.   Thereby, making this creed the same Creed of
the Apostles.

Rufinus states that the
apostles formulated the Creed in order to help distinguish the true Christians
from the false Christians who sought only fame and fortune by speaking in the
name of Christ while ignoring the teaching of Christ and the traditions of the
Apsotles.    Drawing on a military
analogy Rufinus explains the need for the Creed as follows:

Finally,
they say that in civil wars, since the armour of both sides is alike, and
the language the same, and the custom and mode of warfare the same,
each general, to guard against treachery, is wont to deliver to his soldiers a
distinct symbol or watchword . . . so that if one is met with, of
whom it is doubtful to which side he belongs, being asked the symbol, he
discloses whether he is friend or foe.

Rufinus
even adds that the Creed was guarded from the false Christians.  He writes:

the Creed is not
written on paper or parchment, but is retained in the hearts of the faithful,
that it may be certain that no one has learned it by reading, as is
sometimes the case with unbelievers, but by tradition from
the Apostles.”  Yet, in the Creed
about which Rufinus writes and connects to the 12 apostles themselves, there is
no mention to scripture or the role of scripture in the life of the
Christian.  His creed is a follows:

I
believe in God the Father Almighty, invisible and impassible

And
in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord

Who
was born from the Holy Ghost, of the Virgin Mary

Was
crucified under Pontius Pilate, and buried

He
descended to hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead

He
ascended to the heavens; he sits at the right hand of the Father

Thence
he is to come to judge the living and the dead

And
in the Holy Ghost

The
Holy Church

The
Remission of sins

The
resurrection of this flesh.

Also in the 4th
century (325 A.D.), an ecumenical council was held in the city of Nicea.  One, and perhaps the most famous, of writings
to emerge from the council is the Nicene Creed. 
This creed was the universal creed of all Christians for many centuries
and is still used in the Catholic Church. 
In the current formulation, the Nicene Creed makes mention to scripture
in passing and only in reference to Christ rising from the dead after three
days.  That is, it uses scripture to
support one line of the text.  Other than
that, the Nicene Creed is silent on the role scripture is to play in the life
of a Christian and fails to make any kind of allusion or mention of sola scriptura.

Therefore, if sola scriptura was the rule of faith for
Christians since the beginning of Christianity, the question remains, “Why are
ALL the creeds silent on the subject?”   History tells us, via St. Cyril of Jerusalem,
that the Creed was taught to all those preparing to receive the sacrament of
baptism.  If sola scriptura was the foundation of Christianity and the crucial
teaching of Christianity from the beginning, one would expect sola-scripture to
be the very first thing expressed in the Creeds, or at least mentioned
someplace in the Symbol of Faith.  Yet,
this is not the case.  The Creeds are
silent on the subject of sola scriptura
because sola scripture was not and never was a teaching of the early Church.

Lastly, what history
reveals is that Scripture was interpreted according to the Rule of Faith (the
Creed).  That is, the Creed served as a
guide to interpreting scripture.  By
using the creed to interpret scripture it safeguarded the interpretation
against heresies.  Those who abandoned the
creed or did not have the creed fell into heresy.