I appreciate all of the scholarship that Dr. Pelikan contributed on the subject of creeds, but I didn't hear much on the broadcast about the potential power of the creeds to divide people. What of those who find merit in the example that Jesus lived, but ultimately can't come to believe, by faith or otherwise, the virgin birth, the resurrection or any kind of final judgment. In this era of freedom, reason and choice, creeds can drive wedges between faiths that may share common beliefs about the importance of deeds or whose beliefs may be more alike than they are different. Creeds can create fertile ground for that often administered but rarely discussed sacrament; the sacrament of exclusion.
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