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A modern Creed
July 26, 2010, 9:10 am
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Fr Ed Tomlinson has posted the following on his Blog, which I copy for your amusement.

The modern Anglican Creed

Some of us believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. But others do not, it does not really matter, as Don Cupitt makes clear!

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, who some say is the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, but others do not take this too literally. Being of one substance with the Father or Mother or Big Spirit or other non gender specific word for the Almighty, by whom all things were made.

And I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord or maybe not as others, most notably Katherine Jefferts Schori, prefer to view him as the vehicle to the divine, equal to Buddha, Mohammed, et al and most probably entirely human with a human mother and father but a nice chap all the same.

Who for us men – yikes we meant folk as it is inclusive as a term- and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary or maybe not as the former bishop of Durham points out!

And was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, not that many of us believe this in any literal sense. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. Once again this language is patriarchal and we might prefer to use Mother instead. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, unless you hate the notion of sin and judgement when you can feel free to only ever speak of love and inclusion. Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, who decides things for us in synods by majority vote, thus we love the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father/mother and the Son/daughter who with the Father and the Son –oh stop this patriarchal stuff- together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. But they are a bit unreliable as they were confined by the culture of their day!

And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church except when we fancy doing our own thing, which is often. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins unless you prefer to leave that bit out. And we look for the resurrection of the dead even those who were really very naughty, and the life of the world to come. But most of all we believe in the UN development goals and all things inclusive and politically correct as espoused by Radio 4 Amen.

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