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“literalist” Christianity growing in Canada


…Why is literalist Christianity growing in North America? (Canada!)

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/why-is-literalist-christianity-growing-in-n/8099310

In Canada, a new study shows that the churches that are growing across North America are, indeed, conservative.

If you attended one of these churches, you wouldn’t necessarily hear a fire-and-brimstone sermon. Nor would you be swept up in a gale of rock music and waving arms and preachers speaking in tongues.

But you would notice a literal reading of the Bible on one key point – the bodily resurrection of Christ. According to the authors of the study, it’s the reason for the success of these churches.

An interesting point: Conservative in theology, not necessarily politically.

I also find it “strange” but not unexpected that believing in the “bodily resurrection of Christ” seems to be considered as being unusual in some way. But without the “bodily resurrection of Christ” there can be no genuine Christianity – any expression of faith in Christ would be worthless.

…if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. (1 Cor 15)

 

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1 Response to ““literalist” Christianity growing in Canada”


  1. 1 Marleen
    December 13, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I’ve never been to a church that didn’t believe Yeshua/Jesus actually rose from the dead. I’ve been to kinda a lot of churches — but in the United States (not Canada). (Well, Unity might not “believe” in it. I went there a short while when I was a young adult, before noticing a place can call itself Christian without being foundationally Christian). I did encounter someone recently, though, who didn’t believe Yeshua was even literally born; thus, of course, he wouldn’t have risen from having died. That was online, however. What I was surprised about was that no one else there stood up (at a virtual place that often stands for conservative politics) for any conservative theology or basics; they pretty much said nothing. The site owner piped up to say there was nothing to get worked up about. Maybe he was just trying to make it boring for that other person to post there (someone who was difficult to understand anyway, because he clearly didn’t know English as a first language). And I would say the only person who showed signs of being worked up was that person, posting at length about the birth being “the man and woman” conceiving figuratively in order that God be birthed in your mind (with the tree of life). But he had spent more time saying the dispensation had changed in the nineties (1990s). I said it matters that a real person was put to death without sin when it wasn’t “enough” that he (Yeshua) loved perfectly.


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