The End of Casual Christianity

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26 May 2015 14:43 #193202 by
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the advance, particularly among the young, of an appealing, powerful culture that has its own standards and values (expressive individualism, moral relativism, lifestyle liberalism) but no longer presupposes religious belief and finds traditionalism to be repressive


That sounds a bit like Jediism :D

Do Christians and former Christians think this is the direction of future of religious belief?

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26 May 2015 14:49 #193203 by Edan
I've never understood why people like my parents call themselves 'C of E' despite not practising it, going to church, in fact not even really believing in God. Nobody has to pretend any more, they can follow what they wish. This becomes smaller subcultures (like Jediism). I don't see the future being large communities of church goers.

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26 May 2015 15:09 #193206 by ren
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The church of england doesn't make any sense anyway, it's all about killing your previous wives in order to marry the next one. Modern religions like Jediism do not have this kind of appeal, and that's probably why they attract younger unmarried followers. :whistle:

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26 May 2015 15:21 - 26 May 2015 15:21 #193209 by
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Akkarin wrote: The End of Casual Christianity

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the advance, particularly among the young, of an appealing, powerful culture that has its own standards and values (expressive individualism, moral relativism, lifestyle liberalism) but no longer presupposes religious belief and finds traditionalism to be repressive


That sounds a bit like Jediism :D

Do Christians and former Christians think this is the direction of future of religious belief?


They should beliefe what they beliefe I guess, honestly I think that the direction of the Christian faith is like a sollid road that want to walk the same path for over hundereds of years. When they find out that the road is changed they try to build a new road as good as they can. Maybe all faith share this curiosity anyway.. :huh:
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26 May 2015 18:11 #193237 by
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C & E aka 'Chreasters' are terms that refer to those Christians who attend church only on Christmas and Easter.

Christianity has changed many times over its long history. The issues of importance of one age or place give way to different concerns in another time and place. Also, Christianity is not one thing and never has been. It is a diverse constellation of beliefs where groups are distinguished by which tenets, interpretations, and theologies they adhere to. Even within a Congregation (which could be local, national or international ) individual Christians may share some beliefs but not others.

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26 May 2015 20:33 #193268 by Carlos.Martinez3
its never fun to see the people you have devoted your time and effort to leave. I feel for them. In part may we see this and help those who are here in this Temple seeking what they are looking for. May this drive us to give, not make fun or tare down but to turn to what we have and make stronger.

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Build, not tear down.
Nosce te ipsum / Cerca trova

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26 May 2015 20:56 #193272 by
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Alan wrote: C & E aka 'Chreasters' are terms that refer to those Christians who attend church only on Christmas and Easter.

Christianity has changed many times over its long history. The issues of importance of one age or place give way to different concerns in another time and place. Also, Christianity is not one thing and never has been. It is a diverse constellation of beliefs where groups are distinguished by which tenets, interpretations, and theologies they adhere to. Even within a Congregation (which could be local, national or international ) individual Christians may share some beliefs but not others.


Dear Alan, still wondering why they have a love for building Churches, started as houses until the middle ages with enormous cathedrals and later on 'modern' types of church buildings, all to come closer to their believe.. Sounds quite like 'almost always' in Christian history.

Even other faiths used holy buildings or declared locations as holy.. Can it be that Christianity has developed and changed many times in history, but still keeping some core guidelines in their evolution? One road does not mean that there are multiple travelers on it. :blush:

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26 May 2015 23:50 #193296 by
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To build and dwell within is what humans do. Like us, the sacred dwells amidst all that is.

May faiths build a place for their sacred and what that sacred is will determine the dwelling's purpose.
A gathering place.
A temple to house the deity.
An expression of beliefs held.

Some buildings are mirrors of the cosmos, like Hindu and Buddhist temples or American Plains Indian teepees.

Some religions have no building, like the ancient Zoroastrians, but only a fire altar upon the hilltop.

Christian sacred space is within church walls and is of a different theological quality than the profane world outside.
The Muslim's prayer rug is a representation of the Garden of Eden where, like Paradise itself, puts the believer in direct contact through prayer with Allah the Merciful.

Some sacred places have buildings erected there and the myth of that place is represented in the temple, as in Shinto.

Theology informs architecture.

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