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?
FG:  No.
N:  Well then, what ARE you?
FG: I'm a physicist.

>From: Tom Kysilko <pds at VISI.COM>
>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       Saint Paul MN USA

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