Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed:
Reality is my God, evidence is my scripture, and integrity is my religion. I trust life. I trust time. I trust the truth.
I know that Integrity is the key to joy and that I cannot walk this path alone; I need others. Living “in Christ”, with no resentments, no secrets, or unfinished business, I know the peace that passes all understanding and can embrace my mortality and honor death as no less sacred than life.
Lasting freedom and happiness will elude me unless I make right relationship to Reality/God my highest commitment, and keep choosing Big Integrity as my compass one day at a time.How can I not express love and compassion, share the good news, and do everything in my power to ensure a thriving future for planet Earth and for the millions of species that constitute my larger family? What greater calling could there be? What more honorable legacy could I leave?
I would be very interested to hear from more traditional Evangelicals, progressives and panentheists, as well as atheists, to find out whether a creed of this sort is one that pretty much anyone in any of these categories could affirm, or whether there are elements that you find problematic. I’m also curious whether the very possibility of a creed that transcends one particular religious viewpoint would be considered a good thing or a bad thing by both adherents to and detractors from religion alike.