Religion and churches in the VI
Okay, you are never supposed to discuss it, but Simkiss brought it up! It is very interesting that most churches here tend to be singin', shoutin', Amenin', 'hallelujah' hollerin' places. Services last for hours, sermons are lengthy. There is no separation of church and state. If you go to a government function, usually there will be a prayer to start and end. These are not generic "To whom it may concern" prayers, either. Heck, the police department has a radio show on Saturday that always starts with a prayer. I say this because if you are accustomed to secular Big America, it may be a surprise.
This is in the face of a Muslim community and a Jewish community that are acknowledged at Christmas time by people being p.c. and saying "Happy Holidays" so as to be inclusive. 😉
I plan to, but I wanted him to go down first and get a feel without my opinions getting in the way. He's the one that has to work there, not me. Or maybe I will. Anyway, didn't want my very opinionated self getting in the way of his first impressions 🙂 Loving this forum by the way. What an amazing tool!
Jane I agree that was rude. Normally I am on the other side. But I am with you on, she needs to see STT before things get to far. Not to knock STT at all. I no I don't want to live in Lodi CA and I am glade I have seen it before I, well I was never going to live there. Still her opinion matters she will have to live there. If my wife did not love snorkeling, diving and watching me fish, well that last one might be a stretch. She is a field botanist with love of the plants that I am trying to learn. If she did not feel like me about the island STX it would not work. To stay on topic organized religion is for the weak mind. How can some one buy that crap. Your preacher knows less about god then my dog and that goes to nuns, fathers, all religion
True Relationship with Christ is profound, personal and not easy to share. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis does a fair job of it. Organized religion is man's idea of how to worship God and many are, indeed for the weak mind. A thinking, educated person often finds faith in quieter, more contemplative or cerebral worship. Free Will Baptist on StX seems to come the closest I have seen so far. (and no, I am not a Baptist!)
aschultz: I started this thread with the statement that one should never talk about religion in company. It seems to be a polarizing idea on this board. I wish you luck on St Croix.
Simkiss: I think you will find a variety of believers and non-believers around. Seek the antiqueones. 🙂
I still am not sure about a post modern church?
“We want a God without wrath who took man without sin into a kingdom without justice through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” --H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America (a post-modern church)
More on postmodern Christian thinking can be found here: http://www.crossroad.to/charts/postmodernity.htm
I think Jane is referring to the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees_of_Kevin_Bacon
Why would you not want to talk about it. Is it because fiction is hard to play for fact. I enjoy talking to religious people they can be funny. You will never see me in a church on STX or any where else for that matter. I am not anti religion do what you want, it does not bother me. My religion is science it makes more sense.