Re: Traditional Xtianity teaches

From: gordon brown (gbrown@euclid.colorado.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 03 2002 - 11:57:49 EDT

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    John,

    I think there should be a distinction made between what traditional
    Christianity teaches and what traditional Christians believe, i. e. what
    political views they hold.

    Gordon Brown
    Department of Mathematics
    University of Colorado
    Boulder, CO 80309-0395

    On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, John W Burgeson wrote:

    > As part of my study, I have been making a list of things that are taught
    > by traditional Christianity (i.e. fundamentalism). Confining my focus to
    > only the USA, I have come up with a list of twenty-nine likely
    > candidates. Some of the items on this list might have essentially a 100%
    > agreement -- indeed, some of them are beliefs I subscribe to myself.
    > Others might have less support.
    >
    > I suspect that all the items on this list would have the support of at
    > least 75% of traditional Christians (again -- fundamentalists).
    >
    > I wonder if there might be items I left out. Or perhaps items I ought not
    > include.
    >
    > Comments appreciated. I've done a lot of reading to get to this point --
    > but I know I've not touched all the bases yet. I'm also sure that some of
    > the items might well be phrased better.
    >
    > Here is the list:
    >
    > Traditional Xtianity teaches:
    >
    > 1 Adam and Eve were actual people
    > 2 Those who never hear of Jesus in this life are lost
    > 3 Those who hear of Jesus and reject him are lost
    > 4 Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. are lost
    > 5 All lost people will suffer endless punishment
    > 6 Homosexual acts are always sinful
    > 7 Abortion at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason is always murder
    > 8 Only males should be ordained as ministers, elders, bishops or deacons
    > 9 Jesus second coming will happen
    > 10 Believers will be resurrected with new bodies
    > 11 Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation
    > 12 It is not sinful to be a Democrat, but it is close to it
    > 13 It is always sinful to have a female lead in a worship service
    > 14 Republicans follow God more closely than Democrats
    > 15 Salvation means the attainment of heaven after death
    > 16 There are only two possibilities after death, eternal bliss or endless
    > punishment
    > 17 Jesus Christ is both human and divine
    > 18 Government welfare is not fair to those who have been sober and
    > thrifty
    > 19 Jesus had a physical body after his resurrection
    > 20 Satan is a real entity
    > 21 Jesus does not approve of gun control laws
    > 22 Jesus does approve of the government mandating public school prayers
    > 23 Divorce is always sinful
    > 24 The flood really happened
    > 25 Jonah is literal history
    > 26 Job is literal history
    > 27 The original manuscripts of the Bible are inerrant
    > 28 What we have today is quite close to the original manuscripts
    > 29 The earth was formed in its present state less than 10,000 years ago
    >
    > John Burgeson (Burgy)
    >
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