First, we believe that requiring our leaders to affirm the beliefs of the faith community they lead helps preserve our group’s unique religious identity as well as the purpose and mission of our group. Christians and other religious communities have used creeds for thousands of years to define who they are as a community and to preserve the religious tradition they have inherited. To abandon this practice would be to abandon a fundamental practice of our faith tradition, one that keeps Christians across the ages connected as part of the same body of believers and same faith.
We are often suspicious of creeds in contemporary American culture. We tend to think it is better to “think for ourselves” or to “follow your heart.” We think of creeds as dour, unquestioned dogma or, worse, as tools of indoctrination. However, the reality is that we all live by beliefs that we’ve…
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