Steve Caldwell states in his reply to my post on the Purposes and Principles that I’m really misusing the word creed when talking about the use of the Ps-and-Ps. I do not believe that I am.
The Ps-and-Ps are placed EXACTLY where the NIcene or Apostle’s Creed would be placed in creedal churches’ hymnals.
In many UU churches, they are recited EXACTLY like the Nicene or Apostle’s Creed would be in creedal churches.
So while yes, Steve is right that in technical terms, the Ps-and-Ps are not a creed, they are being used as such in too many UU churches for me not to be concerned that they are in fact a creed.
I like covenants. I’ve heard many church covenants that are truly beautiful. The Ps-and-Ps have none of the beauty or eloquence of most of the church covenants that I’ve heard. So, in my mind, they are the creed. Because they are just as nonsensical and claptrap as the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds are.
So yes, dear friends, to me a creed by any other name is still a creed.