recently announced they will be requiring authors to have a clause in their contracts that says they adhere to the Nicene Creed.
Well, hello folks, the Nicene Creed is about what you BELIEVE. The big clue about that is that it starts out "I believe". Publishing contracts are about what you are going to DO.
I can just hear the arbitration suit when, horreurs, it's discovered that an Erring Author has expressed Doubt.
Nelson: Your honor, he was heard saying "Mary isn't a virgin"! That's clearly blasphemous.
Errant Author: Your honor, I was talking about my editor.
Nelson: That's not all your honor! He's been heard to say "I've evolved" in discussing his writing. Clearly an evolutionist! The Nicene Crede says God is the maker of heaven and earth.
Errant Author: Umm...I can't believe in evolution? Even the Pope says evolution is right.
Nelson: You are Non CREEDable! We're cancelling your contract for "Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged: A Guide to Faith in the Workplace".
A litmust test for belief turns everyone into hypocrites.
And if we need a little Bible verse in our contracts perhaps Romans 14:4 would be a better choice.