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Old 08-28-2005, 07:33 AM   #1
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An FYM Lexicon

Upon reading all of the Christianity threads and postings, I thought it might be helpful to create an FYM specific lexicon for the terms and descriptions used in the postings.

1. Athiest--one who believes there is no God. Generally,
do not participate much in the discussions other than to
post there is no God, at which point everyone ignores
their posts and continues the winding discussion.
However, due to more consistent posting of someone,
I may have mislabeled an athiest as an agnostic and
would appreciate notification to correct any flaw.

2. Agnostic--one who does not know whether there is a
God or no and professes no belief one way or the other.
Agnostics, such as me, hedge their bets.

3. Other religious practioner--no definition as we do not
go far enough into discussion of other religions because
the thread will immediately become about Christianity--
for or against.

4. Christian--one who professes a belief in Jesus Christ's divinity.
A broad definition that incorporates millions of varying belief
structures and incorporates the church-going practicing
Christian to the Christmas/Easter church appearer, to the
nonchurchgoing, but still practicing Christian, from the very
political to the nonpolitical. This definition is always in flux
due to challenges from both sides on what defines a Christian
and does not. Therefore, the simple definition provided here,
without any editorial commentary.

5. conservative (with a small c) Christian. No firm definition as of
yet because it is immediately linked with Conservative Christian
(see definition below). However, the small c conservative
Christians are attempting to make the case that they are
separate from the Conservative Christians and are being
painted with a broad brush. Will add definition once I am
clearer on this term.

6. Conservative Christian--the political wing of some
fundamentalist Christian denominations (usually Protestant,
but some Catholics are involved--say Rick Santorum) who
seek to legislate by virtue of their particular Christian viewpoint,
ie legislation of morality and a particular morality to boot.
Generally seem more concerned with the perceived vices
and immorality of the public, but seem ironically unconcerned
with immoral actions of big business and Conservative
politicians. (Analysis: Absolutists for the little people,
Pragmatists for the non-little people sharing similiar viewpoints)
Still small, but increasingly powerful. Excellent organization
system. (Side note: Irvine attempted to add to the lexicon
with a creative use of the word "Christianist" to separate
nonpolitical from political, but has been unsuccessful to date)

7. ACLU--an organization that seeks to protect the civil rights of
American citizens and seeks to correct what it considers to be
violations of those rights. This is the secular definition.

To a Conservative Christian, the ACLU will take the case of
of a citizen barred from a church by making the case it is a
public building, then will sue to remove all religious
representation from inside or outside the church, because it
is a public building.

Conflicting focus on whether ACLU is angel or devil.
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PS I have attempted to correlate the definitions as have been common usage in various FYM postings and this does not reflect on the word usage outside this forum or for someone's personal beliefs or lack thereof. Nor does it seek to determine the right or wrong of the issues or the usage, which is beyond the scope of a lexicon.
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Re: An FYM Lexicon

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Originally posted by BonosSaint

5. conservative (with a small c) Christian. No firm definition as of yet because it is immediately linked with Conservative Christian (see definition below). However, the small c conservative Christians are attempting to make the case that they are separate from the Conservative Christians and are being painted with a broad brush. Will add definition once I am clearer on this term.
I think I see what you're getting at, please correct me if I'm wrong.....I would consider myself in the above catagory, but not the Conservative w/ a capital C catagory. The difference for me is that while I prefer a more traditional theology, traditional worship style, and conservative lifestyle (no sex before marriage, try to keep things under control as far as partying, drinking, drugs, etc), politically, it doesn't bother me that gay people want to get married and adopt children, or that fifth graders are taught how to use a condom, or that some people enjoy having multiple sexual partners. What works for me, works for me and that's really as far as I need to go. Maybe one key difference between being conservative and Conservative is the concept of separation of church and state.

Religiously, I think the Conservatives are fundamentalists when it comes to the Bible. There also seems to be two extremes when it comes to pushing their agendas: on one side you have the very radical groups that are very "loud" in terms of being in the news and preaching to the public. Then there's the pockets of radical congregations that have very extreme, fundamentalist beliefs, but withdraw from society (like the groups in Appalachia).
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Thank you. Please add LivLuvAndBootlegMusic's definition to the lexicon above.

PS I love your user name.
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Thank you. Please add LivLuvAndBootlegMusic's definition to the lexicon above.

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hehe, thanks! I just edited my post b/c I realized I'd only tried to explain the political part when really the main reasons for the two separate groups are based on religious differences.
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Quote:
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I do not fit anywhere.....
Me neither
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Quote:
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I do not fit anywhere.....

Nobody's meant to fit or not fit. This is just loose term usage.
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There's another one or two as well, which I will try and add if you like at a later time when I have time to write an attempted cohesive post (it's only just past 2nd cup of tea AM here).

Interesting thread, as usual!
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Please add. Mine was just a starter.
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works for me. depending on my mood, I'm either #1 or #2.
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Heh, I'd fall into category 3, as my beliefs are kinda varied (and fairly simple, too).

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