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doctrine etc... » Dinah

Posted by Tamar on August 11, 2005, at 16:28:38

In reply to Re: Couldn't stop reading :-) » Dena, posted by Dinah on August 11, 2005, at 9:44:04

> Of course, it's also difficult to say what Christians believe, since there is not uniformity there.

Very true! It would be interesting to get lots of different perspectives here!

> Not all Christians are Trinitarians.

Do you mean that not all individual Christians subscribe to the doctrine of the trinity? Or are you thinking of actual institutions? I wasn’t sure…

> The Council of Nicea (sp?) made the concept of the Trinity orthodoxy, but before that it was definitely not. My pastor says that as long as I accept Jesus as my savior, I can consider myself Christian.

Hmm… I find the historical development of doctrine more interesting than is probably healthy. I think historical tradition weighs very heavily on Christians. There is plenty of doctrine I find impossible to accept (I don’t have strong views about the Trinity but I can’t accept the virgin birth). However, I don’t think I’d want to throw away the traditions and risk ending up with an enfeebled theology. I’d rather find myself personally in a slightly heretical position within mainstream Christian theology. But there are exceptions: there are some doctrines I'd like to see given a good hard shake!

> And Ray can correct me if I'm wrong. But while I *think* that Mormons believe that Jesus is God of this world, they don't believe that the Holy Spirit is a separate God.
> And since Mormons *are* Christians, might it not be more accurate to compare their beliefs with the beliefs of *other* Christians? Rather than Christians?

I find this interesting. Is it generally accepted nowadays that Mormons are Christians? The last time I was in a discussion about it, the general feeling seemed to be that Mormons weren’t Christians because of the Mormon doctrine of God (and, by extension, the doctrine of Christ). But perhaps things have changed?




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