The Apostles' Creed -
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholick church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
In contrast to the scholarly and authoritative creed quoted above (to which I subscribe), here are (links to) some of my religious ramblings:
Many years ago I was converted (from nothing in particular) to Christianity. Someone I shared digs with for a while not long afterwards, on finding this out, called me a "God botherer". An old military term, apparently, for someone who voluntarily went to church and/or said his prayers. A bumpy though unspectacular religious ride has followed. Some of what I have learned and encountered appears on the web pages listed above... but bear in mind the lesson presented in The Acts of the Apostles, chapter 17, verse 11 - "These were more noble ... in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
As a guide to my current theology, some of the books that have I have recently been reading and recommend (title, author, ISBN) are
Current reading, but not yet recommended:
I refuse to become a "member" of any recognised (= man organised) church. They naturally seek to impose their own rules and regulations and most of their practices are, at best, mere habits and traditions, and more likely to be misleading distractions. Their buildings consume much of their energy and thinking, their traditions substitute for real spiritual life. Of course I speak from my own experience and recognise that others find differently. I do occasionally have cause to visit one of these churches, which serves to remind me of what most Christians in the western world today have to struggle with: a bondage they have created for themselves.