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  •  of course; anyone who reads the Gospels (1+ / 0-)
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    would conclude that faith is a private matter and that one should be concerned with his own shortcomings before undertaking to remake the world, seeking to convince others to live by Christian precepts by the example one sets.

    This whole worldview has been turned on its head by modern evangelicals in many cases

    •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      Horace Boothroyd III

      I read the bible back in my teens as well as a translation of the Koran and a few other comparative religion books (whatever the local library had). I was reading them to try and understand history better. I never have understood the choices of what some Christians have decided to emphasize.  

      •  I have no explanation of Prosperity Gospel (0+ / 0-)

        or the idea of "Once Saved, Always Saved" or the notion that works are unnecessary and salvation relies solely on faith.  I am bemused the UMC is tearing itself apart over the issue of "service" and service being denied to gays but trans folks are OK since the Book of Discipline does not bar trans from service specifically and dozens of other conundrums.

        OTOH as an atheist, it is more a curiosity born of an interest in anthropology for myself  

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