… and in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, and I believe in the Holy Spirit.

On good days I also believe in the formulation of the Nicene Creed which talks of “one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church” – but I regret that it is almost nowhere to be found. What is most often found is the “shelle” which is described by Terry Pratchett in his novel Small Gods:

“Around the Godde there forms a Shelle of Prayers and Ceremonies and Buildings and Priestes and Authority, until at Last the Godde Dies. Ande this maye notte be noticed.”