Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Changing the Creed


Something about changing the creed still bothers me. Should individual churches be changing the wording of the creed, however small?

On Sunday morning, the wording of the Apostles Creed was changed on the video screens during morning worship. The word “catholic” was changed to “universal." I understand that the word “catholic” refers to the universal church. I also understand that the word “universal” is in the footnote of the Hymnal. Something about changing the creed still bothers me. Should individual churches be changing the wording of the creed, however small?


To my knowledge there has only been one other change to the wording in recent history. It has to do with the phrase “He descended into Hell." This has been included and excluded and put into footnotes of the various Methodist Hymnals.
The change of the word “catholic” to “universal” would be a good change. The word “catholic” is outdated and confusing to modern readers. However, it should be a global change among the “universal” church and not single churches.

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