What’s In a Name?

Thanks to Lois for sharing this essay.

Frankly, it’s a confusing essay, disclosing far less than it reveals, and trying to juggle multiple angles and themes without clearly communicating most of them.  But I appreciate the sort of epiphany the author seems to have had, and the direction it has set her on.  I don’t agree with everything she says – for instance Jesus seems to have been very keen on people gathering together as the Church, followers and believers of him.  His entire ministry was one of community, not isolation.  But overall, I think she’s making some good steps in a good direction.

As for not wanting to be called a Christian, I can empathize to an extent.  What does that word even mean any more?  It used to mean followers of Jesus Christ – literal followers at first, then those who followed despite it being unpopular and dangerous.  It came to mean those who accepted particular doctrines and Scriptural teachings, encapsulated in the Ecumenical Creeds (The Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed).  But now?  It isn’t as clear.  I wouldn’t be opposed to something more specific, that tied us back to our Lord and Savior more clearly and directly.  But I don’t know what that would be, and until knowing, it seems foolish to reject the one name we do have.

But maybe it’s worth some more thought…



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