Mormons, Baptists, and Christians

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Mon Nov 8 23:13:12 UTC 1999

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
> or
> simon at
> 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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