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  •  You give us far (4+ / 0-)

    too much credit, my friend. We've got some deep issues yet to work through.

    But I'm working on it!

    I have taken a full year of Law and Government Class and have determined that government and politics are my left ass cheek.-my 18 year old daughter

    by left rev on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 01:56:36 PM PDT

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    •  Hear, hear! (0+ / 0-)

      I'd recommend all of the above comments if the time limit to do so hadn't run out. I admit, I remain skeptical that our UMC doctrine of personal interpretation would move the Immigration Service -- did it move the Selective Service during the Viet Nam war? Fortunately, I turned 18 a little too late to have to test such a thing. Not that I'm certain I would have qualified anyway.

      For those still following who aren't Methodists, making personal choices of what to believe was taught by our founder. To summarize, it's a Methodist doctrine that a vital and living faith depends on four pillars: tradition, Scripture, inspiration & reason. So there are two external sources for our faith, but the other two are essentially internal -- and we specifically aren't supposed to turn off our brains on matters of faith!

      We hardly do this perfectly. My own church, for example, has people who quit a committee that simply wanted to study what the Bible says about homosexuality, to form our own opinions on whether it should be grounds for rejecting people. If we can't even talk about it -- if we can't even study the Bible on the subject -- it's hard to change. Oh, well, we're trying.

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