I was on a church’s web site – a very modern church, all rock and roll and jeans, etc. (which is fine by me) and went to their page of “core beliefs”. It was odd. First I would calle it “old fashioned” in that it seemed to code The Faith in the language of American Evangelical English, circa 1922 (randomly chosen year); full of the residue of the “Fundamentalist vs. Modernist Controversy” (yes, it has a long and noble history). It was odd that such a modern church would have such a stale way of representing The Faith. But odder still is that it was unmoored from the much older anchor, the Ancient Faith of Church at its foundations – but then this is the mistake (in my view) of all of American Evangelicalism, for example, starting with a statement about the bible and then eventually getting around to God and the Trinity; it just strikes me as dis-ordered.
Anyway, I wanted to try my hand at expressing “core beliefs” in a language coded in contemporary American English usage – trying hard (not always successfully, I know) to be jargon-free, and so, accessible.
So, here is the attempt. Click on “Essential Vocabulary of Faith” – top of the screen.