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Quasi-ethnocentrism -- Topic of focus for my writing career?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by blackhole, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. blackhole

    blackhole Active Member

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    I have a topic in mind upon which I’d like to focus my writing career. But before I go that route, I want to discern whether I’d have enough material.

    I want to write about errors in belief that are popular among Western or at least U.S. Christians, but especially those which are born out of the culture. For example, in to not-too-distant past, many Christians would have said that it’s sinful to expose your ankle flesh.

    I realize that asking this question here will be largely fruitless, because you’re in this culture; it’s unlikely that you see the kinds of defects I have in mind. You’re more likely to vehemently defend them as true… You’re my future audience.

    Because I only know English, I can’t ask elsewhere. Hopefully some foreign, highly educated, or critical members will respond to this thread.

    Are there a lot of false beliefs--such as the example that I gave--that I can address? Or might I quickly run out of material? I’m also happy to write to pastors, even if there's no apparent link to the culture. For example, it’s very common for pastors to say that we shouldn’t seek a wife. They use the Genesis account and God’s bringing Eve to Adam as evidence for that. But that part is historical narrative, and not to be taken as how we should live. And I can easily argue for the inverse: In 1Co 7, Paul tells us that in light of this present distress, it’s good not to seek a wife. Thus it follows that the normal mode is to seek a wife.

    I would likely focus heavily on the Bible itself, sociology, psychology, and philosophy, to help spot these faults.

    I have the personality for this pursuit. I’m very disagreeable, critical, and great at breaking things.

    What are your thoughts? Are there plenty of errors of this type that I could write about?
     
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  2. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Phew. I suggest that you just follow some of the discussions for a while. There are plenty of different interpretations. Sifting through and deciding what is truth and what is error is not for everyone, but there is a great deal of material.
     
  3. blackhole

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    Yes, but those are base-level doctrinal errors that are easily handled with the Bible -- and often caused by the Bible. By that I mean: people have some text that is ignorantly abused to defend a view.

    But what I have in mind rather is errors that are born of culture.

    Or do you have that in mind too?
     
  4. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I see your point. One source of different interpretations is generational. Is that within your scope? For example, my generation rejected tattoos as being evil. Some less kind souls call them "tramp stamps" when a woman gets a tattoo. Me, I dislike them but I don't think it's a spiritual issue. There are Jewish people on the forum who interpret the Bible in certain ways that I don't accept.
     
  5. blackhole

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    Yes. Would you say there's plenty of such issues I could address?
     
  6. 1213

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    I think Christians have misunderstandings and they have done wrong things. But I think braking things is not necessary the right mindset, because:

    Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
    1 Cor. 8:1

    Knowledge is good and it is good to tell, if people have something wrong, but if you want to cause positive change, I think you need love in your pursuit. :)
     
  7. yeshuaslavejeff

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    There is a lifetime of material, but the audience approving of God's Word is small.
     
  8. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not so many. It is also a little difficult because not everyone gives their age. A typical discussion revolved around the way that women dress these days. What was unacceptable to my generation produced a "no big deal" response from others. I was amazed at the insensitivity of some women. The Bible says women should dress modestly. "Modest" is obviously different things to different people. I've seen women in string bikinis in church. How is that a good thing? Yet others think it OK.
     
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