Single Idea 23055

[catalogued under 29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 4. Christianity / a. Christianity]

Full Idea

The notion that religions are creeds - lists of propositions or doctrines that everyone must accept or reject - emerged only with Christianity.

Gist of Idea

Christians introduced the idea that a religion needs a creed


John Gray (Seven Types of Atheism [2018], Intro)

Book Reference

Gray,John: 'Seven Types of Atheism' [Penguin 2019], p.5

A Reaction

With a creed comes the possibility of heresy. I''m not happy with children being taught to recite something which begins 'I believe…', but which they have never thought about and barely understand.