Back to "God" again, and what to say when I'm in church.
The Nicene Creed states
"We believe in God, the Father
almighty, maker of heaven and earth ... we believe in ... Jesus Christ the only
son of God".
And this is
where I close my lips!
For me, the crux lies in the difference between these words and the gospels. The early gospels show that Jesus consistently prayed to God as "Father", and the (later) Gospel of John says that Jesus referred to God as "The Father" and to himself as "The son".
Genesis, the first book of the Torah/Bible, starts with "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth".
The Creed plugs these two together.
The best I can make of this is to recognise the limitation of being human.
We (i.e the physicists which once included myself) can rationally work out how the universe has developed, from the "flaring forth" (the expansion from the "planck era" of the first 1second-divided by 10x10x...43 times) up to the universe that we now see in all it's grandeur. We know the mechanics by using the "propositional" part of our mind.
We have a deep connection with the intrinsic being of each thing through our "implicational mind" [Thanks to my wife for these concepts], as we rejoice in the world and embrace all people, human and other that human, around us.
Religion, if sensitively conducted, can help to hold these together.
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