From: Howard J. Van Till (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Sep 18 2003 - 13:30:10 EDT
> Thank you for you detailed response. Its amazing how simply stated
> definitions can clear things up. The RFEP as stated by you now appears much
> less hostile to traditional Christian understanding of God and the World
> than what I had picked up reading the posts on this list.
1. The way in which I now state my RFEP is essentially the same as the way I
have stated it for years. There have, however, been numerous occasions in
which people have read into it all manner of things that I never actually
said. It was never intended to cover the whole
2. By now you should know that reading posts on this list does not
necessarily provide you with an accurate representation of what is actually
<< Skip several sections in which you state how your own views differ from
what you perceive the RFEP to represent>>
> Finally, with regards to your question:
>> By the way, Richard, you have a habit of concluding
>> your messages with pious phrases like "In the service
>> of Christ who forms all." Do you intend to imply that
>> this puts you in a category different from the other
>> members of this list?
> Good question. I had mixed intents. In general, I like to end with my own
> little kerygma and often I would do it with a word play on whatever was the
> dominant theme of the note. I hadn't thought about it as seeming "pious" but
> the fact that it seemed such to you is sufficient proof that it can be
> interpreted that way. Of course, piety is not a bad thing for a Christian,
> but I do understand that *displayed piety* can be a horrendous thing. And if
> it unecessarily separates me from thee, I will henceforth desist.
I think that would be an excellent idea.
Howard Van Till
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