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

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Fri Oct 14 04:19:08 UTC 2005

Date:    Thu, 13 Oct 2005 00:26:59 -0400
From:    Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>

 >>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.)

This is from memory, and I'll need to check it, but:  I believe that in
_Blackberry Winter_, Margaret Mead says that she wasn't allowed to join
the YWCA at her college because she was Episcopalian.  And that the only
other female student not allowed to join was a Lutheran.  Neither was
considered a Christian.

Tangent:  Regrettably, I didn't save a Usenet post in which someone
expressed the desire to live in a Canada which included only "real
Canadians."  That is, with Ontario and Quebec excluded.

 >>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
 >>>>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 ?

Dan Goodman
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