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Gottschalk
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Is it me or has hostility to traditional Christian teaching on the Ship considerably intensified in the past years, including hostility to those who hold such teachings? I mean there are the usual boards where discussion continues but I do perceive a general wave of intolerance.

The Ship has been a place where I have learnt a lot over the years. I am grateful for the wide representation of views and opinions, and for the usual cut and thrust of debate. I do not have concrete evidence but just a feeling, though, that the new modern (or postmodern) consensus on ethical questions is somewhat seen as the norm here.

Trolling can also go either way,

Just wondering.

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What's a "traditional Christian"? Is that similar to a "New Testament Christian" or a "Bible-believing Christian"?

Just curious.

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I have not noticed this, although I think that there might be a reaction against the right-wing Christian/Trump connection (and the Right-wing Christian/Tory in the UK), and the damage that this does to people.

In truth, I think it is more that certain brands of "traditional" Christian are today associated with some incredibly abusive, vile and unchristian ideas.

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I haven't noticed any such increase. Right now a couple of self-proclaimed "traditional" Christians are getting a lot of stick, but I'm not sure it's for their traditionality. Lamb Chopped is about as traditional (theologically conservative) a Protestant as we have on the Ship, and she very, very seldom gets a Hell call or a lot of stick for her beliefs. And it's not like she's a wilting violet. She definitely wades in with both feet. By and large traditionalists who meet with hostility bring it upon themselves by their attitudes and delivery.

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"Traditional" is a dangerous word, for a couple of reasons:

1. How long something has been done or taught bears no necessary relationship to how right or true the thing is.

2. Traditions frequently have an unrecognised start date. "Traditional" is not a synonym for "original" and there are plenty of things in life now regarded as "traditional" that were once upon a time new and novel and a departure from some earlier "tradition" that's been forgotten about. Memories of history frequently go no further back than what our grandparents told us when we were little.

In Christianity, this can easily be demonstrated by the whole Reformation movement. The point of a lot of Protestantism was to argue that the church's traditions were in fact deviations from original scriptural teaching.

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Christian unrest requires hostility to the tottering edifice of accreted tradition and those who identify with it. End of.

At the moment the ship is about as unrestful as a bathtub in a drought. Everyone is so respectful it could make the truly restive vomit. It does.

[ 25. July 2017, 17:25: Message edited by: ThunderBunk ]

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quote:
Originally posted by ThunderBunk:
Christian unrest requires hostility to the tottering edifice of accreted tradition and those who identify with it. End of.

Rubbish. Christian unrest might equally require hostility to the unthinking rejection of the wisdom of the past. As for hostility to "those who identify with it", I believe the 10C's phrase for that is "being a jerk".
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It's all relative.

People keep saying that evangelicals get short shrift here. Now it's 'traditional Christians' more generally.

I'm not entirely sure that's the case, although it's pretty obvious that certain Dead Horse issues can generate more heat than light.

It's the Magazine of Christian Unrest. Get over it.

I don't see anyone being called to Hell for expressing a belief in the Trinity or the Deity of Christ, for advocating the Real Presence in the Eucharist or even for maintaining that clergy should be male ...

I do see people called to Hell when they act like dicks.

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quote:
Originally posted by TurquoiseTastic:
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Originally posted by ThunderBunk:
Christian unrest requires hostility to the tottering edifice of accreted tradition and those who identify with it. End of.

Rubbish. Christian unrest might equally require hostility to the unthinking rejection of the wisdom of the past. As for hostility to "those who identify with it", I believe the 10C's phrase for that is "being a jerk".
OK, so I was being a little provocative. My point, if I were to put it in a more measured form, is that traditionalists in their purest form, as have shouted among us for some considerable time, exemplify unthinking adherence to tradition. And that is something which will always, rightly, be the target of unrest. It is not a pilgrim faith in a living God, which to me are defining characteristics of the Christian life of faith.
My approach follows from that conviction.

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quote:
Originally posted by TurquoiseTastic:
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Originally posted by ThunderBunk:
Christian unrest requires hostility to the tottering edifice of accreted tradition and those who identify with it. End of.

Rubbish. Christian unrest might equally require hostility to the unthinking rejection of the wisdom of the past. As for hostility to "those who identify with it", I believe the 10C's phrase for that is "being a jerk".
OK, so I was being a little provocative. My point, if I were to put it in a more measured form, is that traditionalists in their purest form, as have shouted among us for some considerable time, exemplify unthinking adherence to tradition. And that is something which will always, rightly, be the target of unrest. It is not a pilgrim faith in a living God, which to me are defining characteristics of the Christian life of faith.
My approach follows from that conviction.

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I think Gottschalk needs to define what s/he means by 'traditional Christian teaching'. Then folk can let him know if they feel the Ship is hostile to it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I think Gottschalk needs to define what s/he means by 'traditional Christian teaching'. Then folk can let him know if they feel the Ship is hostile to it.

Don't think this is necessary. I think mousethief's post is accurate; it is jerkish posting, not POV that gets less than polite attention.

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Originally posted by TurquoiseTastic:
Christian unrest might equally require hostility to the unthinking rejection of the wisdom of the past.

I'm on board with hostility to unthinking rejection. Most of the rejection I see around here, though, seems to be quite thoughtful.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Is it me or has hostility to traditional Christian teaching on the Ship considerably intensified in the past years, including hostility to those who hold such teachings? I mean there are the usual boards where discussion continues but I do perceive a general wave of intolerance.

The way this thread is going will probably confirm your hunches!

My sense is that Christianity has become more polarised in the Anglophone West as secularisation has increased, and populations are identifying less and less with organised religion.

Some Christians have responded by seeking to align their values more with the wider society, and others by re-stating the values that their churches have traditionally taught.

The former path is the one frequently taken on the Ship, with 'Christian unrest' expressed as frustration that many denominations, old and new, have mostly failed to take the lead in projecting a sufficiently tolerant, modern, questioning persona.

It comes through mostly on Dead Horse issues, which are about how people conduct their personal (or worshipping) lives. But I don't think there's much hostility towards the doctrines at the heart of Christianity, perhaps because they don't seem to have much bearing on our personal freedom or happiness. And I think modern Christians who completely lose interest in credal orthodoxy will mostly give up on this kind of conversation any way.

I notice that you're a member of the RCC. As a whole, the Ship probably rejects all of the the DH positions taken by that denomination, which is going through a tough time PR-wise. RCs would probably have to get 'unrestful' on a whole range of fronts if they really wanted to engage. I'm not surprised that fewer RCs have the energy to come here and do that these days.

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I'm a traditional Christian. I assent to the historic creeds of the Church, have been baptised, confirmed by a successor to the apostles, take communion regularly, and am a member in good standing in the Church of England.

I'm also politically somewhere to the left of Jeremy Corbyn, and count as good friends gay and trans folk. I don't see that, nor the doctorate in meteorites, nor that I stayed at home with the kids while my wife went out to work, as incompatible with my Christian beliefs.

But maybe you were asking a different question?

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Is hostility to traditional Christians (as per the title) the same thing as hostility to traditional Christian teaching (as per the OP)?

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Thank you all for your answers. SvitlanaV2 pretty nailed down my sentiments. I hope that it is clear to all that holding to traditional beliefs with respect to mariage, gender, same-sex attraction does not imply or, even less, necessitate hatred, contempt and hounding of people who do not hold to those beliefs.

There are many things I cannot accept about the current re-evaluation or outright rejection of traditional ethics, nor can I encourage others in said rejection, or congratulate them on an inclusion that, from my perspective, remains, and a way, has to, remain incomplete, imperfect.

I have no window to look into other people's hearts, souls, and consciences- I cannot presume of their internal state, else that would be judging. I look only look within myself and examine myself, seek out all of those ways in which I daily depart from God's grace, from his love, offered to me, often rejected.

The Christian ought to be someone transparent, with nothing to hide, ever ready to open himself or herself to God and to others, with candid frankness. And yet, I can't help but feel that in my interaction with others this readiness is often marred, or nullified, or preempted by the expectation of adhering to a norm who cannot accept.

Civility and the respect of another's opinion have become less important than manifesting one's opinions loudly and in uncivil ways.

Christianity remains for me, this promise and guarantee of renewal in Jesus Christ - which does require repentance, metanoia, aspiration towards love and grace, but also taking up our crosses and following Christ the obedient, the penitent, and the sufferer.

My unrest lies in my insensitivity, indifference, self-regard, self-indulgence, self-worship...all idols that are already vanquished by Christ the Redeemer, but to which I still cling. There is thus this inner unrest with which I have to deal, or do I?

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
I do not have concrete evidence but just a feeling, though, that the new modern (or postmodern) consensus on ethical questions is somewhat seen as the norm here.

What do you mean by the new modern or postmodern consensus on ethics?

I don't see either consensus or (much) hostility when people are discussing the relative merits of Aristotelean, Kantian, voluntarist or consequentialist ethics. But maybe the quote is code for a different question?

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:

There are many things I cannot accept about the current re-evaluation or outright rejection of traditional ethics, nor can I encourage others in said rejection, or congratulate them on an inclusion that, from my perspective, remains, and a way, has to, remain incomplete, imperfect.

I don't see anyone saying that you can't hold those positions, merely that as discussion on these issues has tended to generate more heat than light, that they are mostly dead horsed.
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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Thank you all for your answers. SvitlanaV2 pretty nailed down my sentiments. I hope that it is clear to all that holding to traditional beliefs with respect to mariage, gender, same-sex attraction does not imply or, even less, necessitate hatred, contempt and hounding of people who do not hold to those beliefs.

Not at all clear. In fact it is quite hard to hold those beliefs whilst not exhibiting "hatred, contempt and hounding of people who do not hold to those beliefs".

Do you support civil marriage for gay people even though you believe your religion forbids it?

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Thinking that a person is wrong is not equal to hating them, having contempt for them or hounding them, and does not require all these things.

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Do they mention sex in the NiceanCreed ?

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Only en passant...

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I am a Quaker, but my understanding was that the core tenets of traditional Christianity are contained in the Nicean creed - so most of the topics you mention seem extraneous.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
There are many things I cannot accept about the current re-evaluation or outright rejection of traditional ethics

Though, "traditional ethics" don't necessarily equate with "Christian ethics", nor with "traditional Christians".

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We still have the Ten Commandments, the teachings of Christ, the Apostolic traditions, the traditions of the Fathers, Canons of the Synods and Councils, Precepts of the Church, the teaching of the ordinary and extraordinary Magisterium (the last two for Romans only)

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Thinking that a person is wrong is not equal to hating them, having contempt for them or hounding them, and does not require all these things.

But you "hate" them at least to the extent of not wanting to help them get married. Is that correct?

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
My unrest lies in my insensitivity, indifference, self-regard, self-indulgence, self-worship...all idols that are already vanquished by Christ the Redeemer, but to which I still cling. There is thus this inner unrest with which I have to deal, or do I?

That's not unrest, that's just sinfulness. We all deal with that. Unrest as used here means something like dissatisfaction with the status quo.

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Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Only en passant...

Where? Where is it even hinted at?

If being opposed to homosexuality is a core tenet of Christianity, then the drafters of the Creed fucked up bigtime. But it is a conciliar document and we can add to it. Where should we put our hatred of homosexuals, do you suppose before "one baptism for the remission of sins"? Or after "the resurrection of the dead"? Decisions, decisions.

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I cannot how see how such a temerarious presumption (granting for a moment "not wanting to help them, etc", which is not evident, either) can be correct.

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quote:
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I cannot how see how such a temerarious presumption (granting for a moment "not wanting to help them, etc", which is not evident, either) can be correct.

I know it is hard, but assume I'm thick and want a simple answer to the question.

Do you support civil gay marriage or not? If not, how is that not a form of hatred towards another group in society?

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@Mousethief

I replied "en passant" because I mistakenly thought that the question of sex in the Nicene Creed was in jest.

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quote:
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@Mousethief

I replied "en passant" because I mistakenly thought that the question of sex in the Nicene Creed was in jest.

I am flat-out serious. The Creed defines the core of the Christian faith. Therefore teachings about sexuality cannot seriously be said to be core teachings. Further our Lord never mentioned it, except perhaps in the incident of the woman at the well, where he was talking about serial monogamy, not homosexuality. The 21st century Church, at least the loudest and most visible part, is majoring in the minors.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
I hope that it is clear to all that holding to traditional beliefs with respect to marriage, gender, same-sex attraction does not imply or, even less, necessitate hatred, contempt and hounding of people who do not hold to those beliefs.

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If being opposed to homosexuality is a core tenet of Christianity, then the drafters of the Creed fucked up bigtime. But it is a conciliar document and we can add to it. Where should we put our hatred of homosexuals, do you suppose before "one baptism for the remission of sins"? Or after "the resurrection of the dead"? Decisions, decisions.

Or to take another "traditional belief" related to gender that's fallen out of favor in modern ethics, I'm not sure that it's possible to oppose women's suffrage without at least a certain degree of "contempt". I mean, the basic premise is that a whole class of persons is by right (and possibly by God's decree) second class citizens. I'm not sure there's a way to deny people their rights without at least implicit contempt.

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@Mousethief

I replied "en passant" because I mistakenly thought that the question of sex in the Nicene Creed was in jest.

I was wondering if it was some interpretation of part of its text I was unfamiliar with.

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quote:
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Do you support civil gay marriage or not? If not, how is that not a form of hatred towards another group in society?

These are the kinds of attacks which have driven me from serious discussion of most issues here.

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So basically, it's just the sex thing.

And nothing regarding usury, war, slavery, universal franchise, capital punishment, or the wearing of hats? Because I'd have thought that the application of traditional Christian teaching would have extended further than what folk got up to in the bedroom.

Does you complaint go any further than "why can't we be beastly to the gays any more?". If it does, I'm not seeing it.

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Originally posted by sharkshooter:
These are the kinds of attacks which have driven me from serious discussion of most issues here.

I'm sorry if you think it is an attack, I'm trying to understand from the OP why he/she thinks that a denial of the right to civil marriage for someone he/she disagrees with isn't hatred.

If one disagreed with a religion and said that consequently you didn't support state recognition of their marriage, would that not then be a form of hatred?

If not, why not?

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When your statement goes along the lines of "If you believe this, then you hate..." That is an attack on a person and/or their beliefs, even if you try to soften it later with "unless you can prove why you don't hate..."

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quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
quote:
Originally posted by mr cheesy:
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Do you support civil gay marriage or not? If not, how is that not a form of hatred towards another group in society?

These are the kinds of attacks which have driven me from serious discussion of most issues here.
[Roll Eyes]

On the front page of Purgatory we have three Trump threads, two on Brexit, two on medical care (and another three/four if you count body image, personality tests, addiction and behaviour). There's also something on nuclear weapons, prayer, child abuse by a church leader, death, and a Bible verse.

Nothing you want to talk about there at all?

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Martin60
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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Thinking that a person is wrong is not equal to hating them, having contempt for them or hounding them, and does not require all these things.

Which is why we don't hate conservatives.

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mr cheesy
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quote:
Originally posted by sharkshooter:
When your statement goes along the lines of "If you believe this, then you hate..." That is an attack on a person and/or their beliefs, even if you try to soften it later with "unless you can prove why you don't hate..."

The OP claimed that he/she was able to hold particular views without expressing it as hatred.

If you want to complain about the use of the word "hatred", then take it up with them, because they introduced it. I'm just trying to establish if/why they think that bringing that ethic into the public space (or indeed, not bringing the ethic into the public space of extending rights even to people one profoundly disagrees with) isn't hatred.

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I think sometimes it's better to be viewed with direct hatred than to be viewed with derisive contempt.

But it's hard to say. Better to be shot as a personal combatant or to be counted as collateral damage in a battle that's supposedly between abstract "beliefs."

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quote:
Originally posted by Doc Tor:
So basically, it's just the sex thing.

And nothing regarding usury, war, slavery, universal franchise, capital punishment, or the wearing of hats? Because I'd have thought that the application of traditional Christian teaching would have extended further than what folk got up to in the bedroom.

I've heard this described as "genital Christianity", which seems more accurately descriptive than "traditional Christianity".

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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In my world, growing up, traditional Christianity meant the 19th century things, like thee/thou, quick and the dead, wearing a necktie to church. By the 1970s it meant 'born again-ism'. Today it means no abortions, the properity gospel, and an alliance with politics and corporations.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Thank you all for your answers. SvitlanaV2 pretty nailed down my sentiments. I hope that it is clear to all that holding to traditional beliefs with respect to mariage, gender, same-sex attraction does not imply or, even less, necessitate hatred, contempt and hounding of people who do not hold to those beliefs.

No, it doesn't. You are free to refrain from sex until your marriage to a virgin of the opposite sex, free not to seek a divorce, free not to remarry in the event that your spouse divorces you, free not to question the gender on your birth certificate, and free not to lust after anyone of the same sex as you.

But what do you do about your gay neighbour, or your trans neighbour? Will you allow them to marry, and to live their lives in the way that they think they should, or will you seek to prevent them from doing that?

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I don't like to tell people that their concerns aren't valid, so I am hesitant to really respond to the OP, out of fear that it might come over as me doing just that. I'm sure Gottschalk feels legitimately upset about how "traditional" views are sometimes treated on the Ship.

At the same time, being subjected to a ship hell call is small potatoes compared to what has happened to non-"traditional" Christians in the past.

I'm not here to argue that past awful treatment justifies future awful retaliation. But I think you sidestep the hard work of reconciliation when you try to just have everyone agree to be nice to each other from here on out and ignore what happened in the past.

There was a thread a few months ago about a hypothetical "Church of No Sex," where the one rule would be that no one can talk about gender or sex policy, one way or the other. I argued that the effect would be to silence people who have only gained a voice in the last few decades, and essentially to enshrine the status quo. The least we can do is let people respond after years and years of accepting abuse.

I'm all for not being a jerk, but a large number of people were subjected to a lot of awful crap from the power group of "traditional" Christians for centuries. You can at least try to appreciate why delivery of the same values in a softened tone still seems like a continuation of the past.

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As a gay male Christian in a 33-year partnership with another gay male Christian, I may not be qualified to judge whether or not "hatred" plays a role in those who follow the traditional conservative definition of marriage.

However, I do remember -- and resent deeply -- that attitude towards homosexuality that I confronted as a young person growing up in the Roman Catholic Church. And I do remember the parish priest's obsessive focus on matters having to do with deviant sexuality. ("Deviant" here has to do with anything outside traditional male-female marriage. Which includes just about everything a young person is likely to think about or do.)

By the end of my teens I could no longer believe in a God who consigned such people to eternal torment. This was a vengeful God rather than a loving God. I decided, at 19,... "to Hell with it." Since then I've met countless other Christians who felt and still feel the same way.

[ 25. July 2017, 21:51: Message edited by: roybart ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Gottschalk:
Thinking that a person is wrong is not equal to hating them, having contempt for them or hounding them, and does not require all these things.

If I think you are wrong in your approach to resolving the physical properties of black holes, nothing more than disagreement need be present.
But when you say my very being is a sin, it doesn't much matter if you hold animosity in your heart. The effect is the same.
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Originally posted by Gottschalk:
I hope that it is clear to all that holding to traditional beliefs with respect to mariage, gender, same-sex attraction

These are traditional beliefs, but tied to culture, not cornerstones of Christianity. Feel free to peruse Dead Horses or even join in and we can rehash why this is.


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Civility and the respect of another's opinion have become less important than manifesting one's opinions loudly and in uncivil ways.

For the most part, civil behaviour begets civil response. Respecting one's rights to express and opinion is a principal here, this does not extend respecting the idea expressed. And I think this is where the problem lies.
If you were to claim the belief that the earth is flat, I am not going to pretend that it is a valid opinion. However, if you express it politely, you would have the right to a polite. if incredulous, response.
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Christianity remains for me, this promise and guarantee of renewal in Jesus Christ - which does require repentance, metanoia, aspiration towards love and grace, but also taking up our crosses and following Christ the obedient, the penitent, and the sufferer.

None of which requires hating the gays.

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My unrest lies in my insensitivity, indifference, self-regard, self-indulgence, self-worship...all idols that are already vanquished by Christ the Redeemer, but to which I still cling. There is thus this inner unrest with which I have to deal, or do I?

As mt said, this is not unrest. This is sinnin' my lad.

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roybart
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I should have added the following to my last post

I have also met countless former Christians who had the same experience, some of whom dealt with this by committing suicide.

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orfeo

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It is one of the great mysteries to me why some Christians have taken to making sexual ethics the defining characteristic of Christianity. To the point where non-Christians also generally see this as being what the church is about.

As has been said, the creeds don't show an interest in the subject. And yet now people are obsessed. Ironic, in the context of talking about tradition, that the primary concerns seem to have shifted so much.

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