Thursday 2 March 2017
I belong to the Anglican Church because its ritual and its activities express and strengthens the relationship I have between myself and other people, and my relationship with the World (big "W"). Within its liturgy is our reciting of a version of the Nicene Creed which, fortunately for me, now starts with "We believe in ... ", as distinct from "I believe in ...". I am willing to belong to and to recognise the variety of interpretations held by those around me and those who fashioned it in 381 AD, even if I, as an individual, cannot tick off every single clause. Possibly "serious Christians" are happy with the idea that Jesus of Nazareth is of the same nature as an entity that initiated the flaring forth that eventually created the countless galaxies and all that developed within them, but this is meaningless to me. What I can say is that, beyond the mechanisms revealed through physics, the shining "isness" of the trees, the birds and the sky is a perpetual miracle.