Every now and then, a traditionalist Episcopalian will ask me something like the following:
- How can you honestly call yourself a Christian, since there are so many parts of the Nicene Creed that you don’t believe? (See my essay Shortening the Nicene Creed for some point-by-point ponderings.)
- Given what you don’t believe, shouldn’t your parish priest refuse communion to you until you repent and return to orthodox belief?
- Wouldn’t you really be happier in a different denomination? (Usually that’s code for “you’re obviously not one of us; please go away.”)
- In view of your beliefs, why don’t you just become a Unitarian Universalist, or even a Jew? 
I’ve tried various answers on for size. I keep coming back to one in particular: My church is something like an extension of my family. Once I’ve become part of a family, I can’t stop being part of it without a really good reason.
Moreover, my life has been changed by finding God — well, sort of — with the aid of the church.
I’d never lightly “walk apart” from my family, and neither would I do so with my church.
In particular, disputes about unprovable matters of doctrine don't strike me as nearly a good enough reason to do so.
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