A portion of T h e . A t h a n a s i a n . C r e e d (copied from the 2019 BCP) Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. ...... And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another; But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity. Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. I certainly believe in the Trinity. I believe in the substance of this Creed. However, I do not believe that salvation hinges crucially upon a correct Trinitarian understanding. I don't believe that there is some sort of "theology 101" test that one must pass in order to be admitted into God's grace. I believe that God does indeed save some people who have a mistaken, incomplete, or uninformed view about the nature of Jesus. What of the woefully misinformed Jehovah's Witness or LDS member who, despite bad teaching, truly trusts in Christ's redemptive sacrifice and not in his own works? What of the resident of China who has no Bible and little or no religious instruction, and who has never been exposed to the issue of Trinitarianism (or for that matter the doctrine of the virgin birth), but who nevertheless has simple faith in Jesus Christ? What of the modalist who believes Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God but doesn't understand that they are three Persons? I can appreciate how this Creed came about and the Arianism that was being taught against. I can understand how needful it was to have such a statement at the time it was formulated. Yet I ask whether they didn't (to borrow a movie title) go "a bridge too far" when they said that belief in God's Trinitarian nature is necessary to salvation. I find no such qualifier in the Bible. Jesus said many times that we must believe in Him, but He did not go around calling Himself "the Son of God", nor did He teach outwardly on the Trinity. The epistles didn't overtly take on the task of teaching that Jesus is the second Person of the Godhead either, let alone overtly state that holding such a belief is a prerequisite to becoming a spiritually regenerate child of God. Our parish has included the recitation of the Athanasian Creed during the last two Trinity Sunday services. Each time, I have been troubled by this particular portion of the Creed. My feeling is, how can I honestly recite something I don't believe? What do you think?