While I am not personally acquainted with many of the social liberals who have abandoned the Nicene faith, I do know many who have said they affirm the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds, not for the truth they articulate but because we stand in procession of those who have affirmed those words.
However. . .(and this is a true story) sometime around 1996 or so, I was taking a class at Fuller Seminary during the two weeks following Easter. On the Sunday following Easter I attended All Saints, Pasadena. The preacher that Sunday was an assistant on the staff; I do not recall his name. He stood in the pulpit and announced, “It has been one year to the day when on the first Sunday after Easter last year I stood in this pulpit and announced that I no longer believed in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. I must say that after a year of reflection, I have not changed my opinion.
“As you can imagine, I got lots of cards and letters and telephone calls some supportive, many complaining about how I had left the faith. I want to share one in particular with you. It was sent to me by Miss Louise (not her real name). Many of you know Miss Louise. She has been a stalwart member of this parish for over seventy years. She wrote, ‘Dear Father So-and-So. Thank you for your honesty and courage in announcing to the congregation that you no longer believe in the resurrection of Christ. I must say that I have from time to time shared your doubts. However, when the time comes for my funeral at All Saints, please have one of the other members of the staff conduct my funeral.”
The congregation laughed, and I got up and walked out of the church.
Well done Miss Louise and Neal.