Mormons, Baptists, and Christians
M. Lynne Murphy
M_Lynne_Murphy at BAYLOR.EDU
Sun Nov 7 21:56:11 UTC 1999
The below reminds me of a story that friends at U of S Carolina like to
tell. They have a friend, a fellow faculty member who is Chinese and
apparently unaccustomed to the American South. He and his family move into
a middle class neighborhood, and the neighbor lady comes over bearing a pie
or some such thing in order to make their acquaintance:
Neighbor: So, are you Baptist?
Faculty guy: No.
N: Oh, are you Methodist?
N: Well then, what ARE you?
FG: I'm a physicist.
>From: Tom Kysilko <pds at VISI.COM>
>To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>Subject: Re: Mormons, Baptists, and Christians
>Date: Sun, Nov 7, 1999, 4:30 PM
>>But of course the discussion of the social differences in the meaning of the
>>term CHRISTIAN is a very interesting question in social dialectology.
>In 1964 I overheard the follow interchange between two middle-aged women in
>Minneapolis, both members of a Covenant (or Swedish Covenant) church:
>"Is she a Christian?"
>"No, she's a Methodist."
>"Well, at least she's not a Presbyterian."
> Tom Kysilko Practical Data Services
> pds at visi.com Saint Paul MN USA
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