Greetings to you all.

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Mitchell McKain, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. Mitchell McKain

    Mitchell McKain New Member

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    I was not raised in any religion unless it is psychology (both parents majored in the subject at university). I searched for the truth first in science, then in philosophy and only then in religion.

    Thus I am a scientist first and science is a way in which we use logic to extend our ability to see the world around us. In philosophy I became enamored of existentialism, Aristotle and the pragmatism of Charles Sanders Pierce. I studied a little Buddhism and the religion of the far east. Also I listened to what the missionaries had to say (JW and Mormons), who came to my front door, though I eventually rejected their ideas.

    I read the Bible on my own resonating first with the words of Jesus and then many years later with those of Paul. I asked Jesus into my life when I was in high school, but I had no contact with any church to tell me what to believe. So I figured things out for myself.

    The result is that I am a liberal evangelical who agrees with the Eastern Orthodox on a couple of doctrinal issues like original sin and the atonement, and with the likes of John Polkinghorne on the issue of open theism. Though, be careful, I attribute no authority to any of these to dictate what I believe and I will express what I believe quite differently than they do.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    Quite interesting.... Looking.forward to tour comments...
     
  3. Devils' Advocate

    Devils' Advocate Well-Known Member

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    Interesting indeed. Welcome.
     
  4. StevePame

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    Welcome, Mitchell.
     
  5. Rak

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    Welcome.
    I belong tot he Eastern Orthodox church, so feel free to ask questions.
     
  6. Rak

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    Basically, the Eastern Orthodox are following the path at least as far back as we can prove things one way or the other in Christianity. Consider infant baptism - no one can prove 100% what happened in the 1st century AD on that question, but in the 2nd century they were using infant baptism, which the Eastern Orthodox use.
    With liberal Evangelicalism, I think it's nice that they are involved in Mission work alot. Orthodox also have been, but in the US they are a small minority.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    Which has the longer tradition? EO or Ethiopia?
     

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