1 Peter 1:17-23
Do you think this was something that Jesus told the folks on their way to Emmaus? Would this creedal language get through to them better than Jesus’ recounting of the prophetic story from Moses onward? I doubt it.
Perhaps the antidote to creedal language is not a counter-creed, but communal experience. Might we redo verse 23 as the key to this section:
23 - “You have been born anew, not of either some difficult to define perishable or imperishable seed, but through the living and enduring presence of G*D in the mystery of a communal meal.”