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Atheism is a belief system which makes claims about spiritual things. Atheism says there are no gods, but so do other belief systems which no one denies are religions, such as some forms of Buddhism. Atheism contrasts with religions, rather than social or political movements like egalitarianism, anarchism, communism, so it makes sense to classify it as a ...


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This question is very subjective as it appears you are trying to separate what Christianity is from what its adherents do, and that is very tricky. Jesus had a vision of God's message that he understood very well. Then he gave the pieces of the mosaic to his apostles, and taught some parts to his disciples. They then tried to recreate the picture that ...


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This takes the long route to coming to the actual answer. Unfortunately, the ultimate answer is purely speculative. Whether any given entity would do something is all speculative compared to asking whether a given entity has done that thing. The best we can do is look at what has been done, what has been said, and use logic applied to the complexity and ...


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The biggest issue I can see in America is the frequent confusion of Christian marriage and Governmental marriage (which hints at a greater confusion between America and God, but that's another topic for another day.) From a Christian perspective, marriage is defined as a covenant between a man and a woman to honor and love each other, and treat the other as ...


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Ironically, I think the constitutional issue here is the simpler one. Remember that from the Christian world view, marriage is established by God between Adam and Eve. It is a religious structure before it is a social or legal structure. Therefore, by the reasoning of the poster in the question, any law or regulation that recognizes marriage — at ...


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I believe the word you are looking for is 'nondenominational', as in 'nondenominational Christian'. It refers to people who don't adhere to any of the subdivisions of Christianity, such as Lutheran, Catholic, Reformed etc. The answer is made slightly confusing because there are now churches that refer to themselves as 'nondenominational', since they do not ...


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I am not sure about the word religion, but one can argue that (a form of) atheism is a belief system. A belief system is a system of beliefs. Some beliefs depend on others, forming an interrelated set of beliefs and their implications. Strong atheism is defined as belief that there are no gods. Many call this just "atheism". Well, this belief has ...


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John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York of 10-20 years ago, once declared that if any woman were having an abortion because of the financial difficulties, to come see him. And as far as "paying the mother to carry child to term", this is essentially the terms of some adoptions. I know of a case where this happened, where an adoption was arranged ...


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I'd have to chalk that us as a false dichotomy because: Christianity is a personal encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est The Church as a ...


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From a Christian perspective, man is naturally religious and therefore man desires to know God. Over the course of many centuries, man has therefore come up with different religions to describe what God is like and what God requires. Christianity believes that man through reason can know that God exists, but needs special revelation from God in order to ...


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"Christ Consciousness" is a neo-pagan term used by those who don't believe that Jesus was the Christ but who attack Christianity with the purpose of diluting the word Christ through misuse, claiming that we all have a "Christ Consciousness" and that religious gurus of all religions have had this "Christ Consciousness" in some measure beyond normal people. ...


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Re-appropriating the term atheism is what is causing the issue. If we break the word down it is clear that the first definition should be "a belief that there is or are no god(s)." The prefix a has long been used as a reversal, or negation, for the term that follows it. The suffix ism has long been used for any kind of belief or organized thought system. The ...


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How Christians are expected to accommodate or view the existence and presence of other religions vis a vis Christianity? In the old Testament God used the nation of Israel to exterminate the inhabitants of Canaan. Those people had a practice of killing their own children in the worship of Molech. God told Abraham that this punishment would come on ...


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I'm going to answer the main portion of the question from a purely Biblical perspective. I anticipate that this question as well as this answer is going to generate a lot of debate, so I'm framing my answer as one from an in-arguably Christian perspective - one that's based on Scripture. The presence of other religions is addressed in Romans 1. (Quote ...


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You might just as well ask, As my country has only one government, why are there so many political parties? Why are there so many different theories in physics or chemistry? Why do people have different ideas about economics? If people had perfect knowledge, then by definition we would all know the truth about God and we would all believe the same thing. ...


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There are so many bible verses that declare Jesus to be the only true Lord and that all other religions worship in vain that are too numerous to count. Here are three for example: 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From ...


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In What I saw in America Chrsterton used the terms undenominational and unsectarian to describe such folks and to my surprise, it is a real word. Adj. 1. undenominational - not bound or devoted to the promotion of a particular denomination; "undenominational religious instruction" nonsectarian, unsectarian - not restricted to one sect or school or ...


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There is a growing trend amongst certain Christians to eschew denominational labels in favor of the term "Christ-follower." The implication is that an ad fontes, "it's just about Jesus and me" religion trumps any group politics. There is more about this terminology in this question


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I'll quote the perfunctory Chestertionian reply to the all religions are the same and Christianity is a religion therefore its the same argument. I take a third case; the strangest of all, because it involves the one real objection to the faith. The one real objection to the Christian religion is simply that it is one religion. The world is a big place, ...


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Can someone knowledgeable please offer something of real substance to restore my faith? My heart goes out to you on several levels. Though "knowledgeable" is relative, I will share with you what is on my heart after reading your post. I, too, consider myself an intellectual man. I am studied and well-read. I am more of a cynic than a critic. Yet, in ...


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This actually comes down to a perspective question, the facts and sources hardly matter, however lets start with a source, the critical one for answering questions regarding Catholicism The Catholic Catechism states: 2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion. Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws ...


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Both. "Christianity" as a concept has fuzzy boundaries, and both the Bible and the adherents appear important to its nature, and so it seems most apt to meld both into one set and state that the religion(s) of Christianity corresponds to this set in some way(s). To try to define it more formally than that doesn't buy any clarity and isn't rooted in anything ...


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Mike Horton has in the past year (2011) has frequently defined Christianity as God's acting on our lives and integrating us into His story of redemption. I realize this isn't one of the choices you gave, but I think this is the right way to view the Christian scriptures. If it is our actions, then we have a long history of failure. If it is actions described ...



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