“When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
Agree? Disagree? Will it happen? etc. Thanks all!5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
In my youth I used to visit lots of churches and the charismatic ones didn't seem to have a conservative political agenda. In fact politics was not mentioned at all, as i can recall.
Are there any denominations who still have that style of worship but avoid politics. I can't take that socially conservative line coming from the pulpit. If it were a socially liberal agenda, that might do, but I really would like to visit churches, when I'm not in the pulpit myself that are charismatic and neutral.
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1. Mainline Christians
3. Those who celebrate different faiths or no faith
4. Gay people
I'm just trying to understand.
Thanks in advance and Peace!18 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
Were Charles Haddon Spurgeon's sermons on the "downgrade" the first attempt to dumb down Christianity?
He often criticized any Christian intellectual and most pastors who were not puritanical in their views. He also was a staunch Calvinist. Could this be the root of anti-intellectual movements in our faith? Your thoughts please!
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...from the lunatic fringe who have seized control or will they once again become the party of William F.Buckley, fiscal conservatives and social moderates?
The latter is there only hope, it seems to me, what do you guys think and why?
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"Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy". Ben Franklin
"All service ranks the same with God — With God, whose puppets, best and worst, Are we: there is no last nor first". Robert Browning5 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
Do you think vitriolic anti-gay statements from some of the religious right help feed violence against gays?
well thought out comments and thoughts please.6 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
I believe in God, but also evolution and believe most of the bible to be allegory, for a reason. If you believe the Genesis creation story as literal, how do you explain days 1,2 and 3? Not wanting to argue just get your logical and reasonable answers!
Peace!8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
...instead of basking in the gentle love, acceptance and tolerance that Jesus spent so much time on?
I would like some views on this please.4 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
No matter which New ID he asks under, should we just give no answers, even though the 2 points are tempting? Maybe he'll eventually give up. Or do we secretly find him a pleasant annoyance?
Hmm....3 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
All other faiths and my atheist friends are welcome to address this as well.
Examples: fertility symbols, like the egg and the Easter bunny, The Christmas tree, etc, etc.
Just curious about your thoughts.12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
Not Paul or others, but from words attributed to Jesus.12 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
From one of my recent lectures (also used as a sermon), I made the following point:
The greatest threat to Christianity in America is fanaticism:
In other words, it is the over zealous who damage the faith, not sources from the outside. The classic destruction from within.
Well thought out views on this please!
Peace.27 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
As a progressive Christian theologian, I wonder if the fact that Jesus spent much time with and helping people of poor reputation, such as tax collectors, shepherds, Samaritans, prostitutes, lepers and others (and told us to do the same) conflicts with your brand of the faith? I also wonder what you think of the fact that Jesus advocated socialism and sharing the wealth over the accumulation of wealth? Does that conflict with the American belief that we should accumulate as much wealth as we can? He also advocated love for all our brothers and sisters without conditions and told us not to judge them for ANY reason and to be tolerant. What is your take on that? He also never said anything at all regarding homosexuality (Paul did but he was addressing a specific problem with one church) being wrong nor did he ever address abortion and there were abortions in his day. Could the conservative legalistic view of the faith be too judgmental or indeed a completely misguided view of the faith? Finally, does it bother you that Paul directly contradicts Jesus teachings many times? Shouldn't we defer to Jesus teachings in these cases? Thoughtful answers appreciated.
Peace!8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
I find this true with the more legalistic evangelical Christians in many cases. Just wanting to see if others out there see it this way as well.
Paul most often is dealing with specific problems in specific congregations, but many see these words as relevent for all time.6 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
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...and if so, can you understand how someone could have the opposite emotional experience (ie: loss of a child, loss of spouse etc.) that would cause them to either doubt God or stop believing in God?
I'm playing devil's advocate here, a bit, trying to elicit some thoughts on the matter.9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago