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  •  Atheist/agnostic here, and I agree. (7+ / 0-)

    Raised a Catholic (a driven-away Catholic as I term myself), I have considerable respect for actual Christians who walk the walk.  I would like to consider myself a 'small-c christian' who considers the teachings of Jesus, among others, a sensible moral guide.  

    I don't recall where, but I read a post somewhere about the strictures of orthodox purity being strongest for new religions, diminishing as the religion gets older and its teaching more nuanced and complex.  

    So it is no surprise that evangelicals, whose roots started in the early 19th century's Great Awakening, should cleave so closely to orthodox dogma, while older denominations are far more liberal and accommodating.

    The post might have been on http://www.patheos.com/...   a blog I read 'religiously': Fred Clark is my kind of evangelical.

    Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

    by triplepoint on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:42:41 AM PDT

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    •  Another Atheist (6+ / 0-)

      Denominations are created by and for different personalities and cultures. When I was more involved in the whole thing I was able to tell, with a high percentage of accuracy, which denomination a person was, simply by talking to them about non-religious things.

      Nice folks tended to be mainline Protestant or Unitarian.

      I'd prefer it if people didn't think of a god or religion anymore than they think about carpet fibers. I think it's accurate to say, in the words of Christopher Hitchens, "Religion poisons everything."

      But if the denominations whose design attracts nicer people are the ones growing, while the mean-spirited and more ignorant denominations are shrinking, then hooray!

      I have noticed that the normally reticent "Liberal" denominations are making more public statements, and also becoming more activist lately (good works.)

      And on the other side of the coin, the mean-spirited denominations are going through a bit of turmoil. Some are realizing they've been taken by politicians, some are becoming more political action groups than churches, some are realizing that the mix with mammon has led them astray, and so on.

      A Southerner in Yankeeland

      To save your life read "Pity The Billionaire" by Thomas Frank, and "Winner-Take-All-Politics" by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson. Then read more books.

      by A Southerner in Yankeeland on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:58:34 AM PDT

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