Mormons, Baptists, and Christians
bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Nov 9 15:18:01 UTC 1999
Ad, on a closely related subject, a Jew who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and savior is
a convert, not a "completed Jew."
"A. Vine" wrote:
> raised Jewish - to me and my family, anyone whose religion involves Jesus Christ
> as a major figure is Christian.
> (who does not have a Christian name)
> beth lee simon wrote:
> > Another angle on the use of _Christian_ vis a vis being Catholic:
> > as a child, Jewish, in Des Moines IA, I heard other Jewish kids use _Christian_
> > to mean Protestant when distinguishing gentiles, i.e. "So and so is Christian."
> > "No, she's Catholic."
> > And sort of conversely, when my mother told me of wanting to go to the
> > "Christian" school as a child because her best friend did, she meant the Catholic
> > elementary school.
> > beth simon
> > assistant professor, linguistics and english
> > indiana university purdue university
> > simon at ipfw.edu
> > or
> > simon at home2.mysolution.com
> > RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> > > Someone writes:
> > > <Now, let's get back to making this a dialectal discussion> and goes on to
> > > discuss pronunciation of BAPTIST.
> > >
> > > But of course the discussion of the social differences in the meaning of the
> > > term CHRISTIAN is a very interesting question in social dialectology.
> > > Clearly, there is a certain subset of relgious persons who use the term
> > > CHRISTIAN to designate only persons whose particular religious views are
> > > very, very close to their own. Others use the term much more ecumenically.
> > > There is also a grey area here, because the former are often given to such
> > > statements as, "To be a Christian, you must accept Jesus Christ as your
> > > personal savior and develop a personal relationship with Jesus." But such
> > > statements in themselves are open to various interpretations. I would expectd
> > > that most devoted Catholics and Mormons feel that they accept Jesus Christ as
> > > their personal savior and have developed a personal relationship with Jesus.
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