by James Benjamin Green A creed , a system of doctrine , is a necessity . It is a necessity of thought . It is a necessity of character . It is a necessity of instruction . It is a necessity of fellowship and co-operation . A cogent system of doctrine is an intellectual and educational necessity . If the Church would edify her people , unify and mobilize them , she must educate them after a thorough manner in her creed . Some are not of this way of thinking , they decry creeds ; they demand a creedless Christianity , a religion without theology . This demand had been called pious nonsense . Leave off the pious -- call it simply nonsense . To say of a man that he has no creed is tantamount to saying that he has no intelligence and no character .