For some, "Christian" (adj.) no longer includes Lutherans

Thu Oct 13 15:56:24 UTC 2005

        While it's probable that Melchior meant Christian as code for
born-again evangelical, note that there are some Protestant
denominations that call themselves simply the "Christian Church," or
variants thereon.

John Baker

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>Here in North Central Arkansas, Christian is code for, born again,
>evangel. bible inerrency,   But not nessasarily republican.

Is this code, or does it stem from a belief that nobody else is really a
Christian (whatever they may profess)?  (This isn't a rhetorical
question--I'm a stranger in these parts.)


>Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>Tracy Lindsey Melchior, soap actress and author, has just told Larry
>>King on CNN that she was "baptized Lutheran" but is now "Christian."
>>Though Larry was nonplussed ( "But Lutheran is Christian...?"), Tracy
>>wasn't. "The church I attend now is just Christian. It's evangelical.
>>It's more of a 'seeking' church."
>>(The above dialogue is partly reconstructed.)
>>I'm used to the contentious superstition that Catholics are
>>non-Christians, but Protestant Lutherans ?  Will Presbyterians and
>>Methodists be next ?
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