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5/07/2008                                                                                       View Comments

Evangelical Manifesto

By Doc Mike

This is hilarious! scholars and theologians are releasing a manifesto today to "take back" the term from the politicians. Apparently, it's starting to have a negative connotation in the world of politics. I wonder why?

USA Today says in Manifesto aims to make 'evangelical' less political:

"Evangelical" has been widely used to refer to Christians who have conservative political views, but the Evangelical Theological Society requires members to agree on just two points: inerrancy of Scripture, and belief in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as "separate but equal in attributes and glory" and essential for salvation.

This really makes me laugh because if "Scripture" is nothing else it is errant. In fact that's exactly what my blog (By The Book Comics) is all about. And don't even get me started on the "holy trinity"... Ha!

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9 comments:

Mikayla Starstuff said...

LOL That was pretty funny. The trinity has multiple personality disorder. XD
I do say bravo for the Christians who are distancing themselves from folks like Jerry Falwell and James Dobson and others who push to have their religious beliefs made the law of the land. If, in fact, that is what they are doing.

eel_shepherd said...

"...She is the queen of make believe / Evangeline..."
- "Evangeline"; Los Lobos

Pull The Other One! said...

I like the way that they've chosen a word (Manifesto) that is so closely associated with politics!

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shedevil said...

The most amusing evangelical is James Kennedy. As you know, Thomas Jefferson underlined the parts of the new testament that he thought were stupid. I myself am a proud owner of the Jefferson Bible. Kennedy said that Jefferson's intention was to produce a truncated version of the new testament for use in evangelizing the Indians.

THE ACE said...

Thomas Jefferson wanted to write
a Bible for the Native Americans?
The same Jefferson who referred to
Revelation as "The ravings of a
madman" and called the Apostles
"a band of rogues and imposters?"
Check it out on Wikipedia. Also
check out the warnings from the Christians about how some of this
information may be inaccurate.

Okay, if the writings of a man who
was President 200 years ago may be
inaccurate, what makes someone think something written between
2000 and 3000 years ago is
accurate?

Oh, I forgot..it was "inspired".
Silly me!

shedevil said...

Thank you Ace. We are, of course, talking about the "Myth of the Christian Nation." It won't go away.

Thomas Jefferson, in remarking about the sayings of jesus, said that we can tell the genuine from the false "as easily as picking diamonds from a dungheap". He also openly denied the divinity of jesus. Fundamentalists have a tough row to hoe if they want to hang on to their precious mythology.

And then there is Thomas Paine; James Madison; Benjamin Franklin; John Adams, et al. Good luck, christers.

I'm sure you know all this, Ace. One more thing: Dolly Madison openly mocked the trinity, saying that no one can tell me that one is three, and that three is one.

shedevil said...

I have just started Lee Stobel's book The Case for Faith. I was expecting adolescent drivel and I was not disappointed.

I have finished the first chapter, which pretends to deal with the assertion that evil and suffering cancel the possibility of a loving god. It pretty much demonstrates that faith is a synonym for stupidity.

This book should be sub-titled A Handbook for the Christian Faith. It's all there, and then some.

weemaryanne said...

Eh. I'm underwhelmed by this.

According to the USA TODAY story:

"The manifesto condemns Christians on the right and left for "using faith" to express political views "without regard to the truth of the Bible," according to a draft obtained last week by the Associated Press...."

In other words: Same BS, thinly covered by a new variety of grass seed.

Nothing's changed. This lot also think their imaginary friend is in charge.