In the early centuries after Christ, the church began creating and reciting creeds. These creeds solidified the beliefs of the parishioners and set a standard of belief that acted as a protective hedge. Oh sure, there were some theological differences within the church at large. In general, however, creeds created confidence from the East to the West that getting doctrine correct was key.
There are many in the 20th and 21st centuries who haven't found God in the certainty of creeds and their associated doctrines. It is not for lack of trying. In my own life, I spent a good deal of time and money learning varieties of the Christian confessional formula and the history of these varieties. And yet, I have yet to encounter the Divine through certainty. I have yet to experience the confidence of my seminary Peers, Professors, and Pastors, and Priests.
I consider creeds invaluable. But it seems that it is time for a new harvest. Religion is dead and it is time for a season of planting. It is time to plant seeds of faith, of hope, and of love. My gut tells me that these seeds will move us away from the preoccupation with doctrinal purity and toward a radical solidarity with God and with the world.
It is really quite simple. It is time for the church to move from creeds to seeds.
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