- As an atheist, what would you do if your teen wanted to convert to Christianity?
- [picking out one answer:]
- Ernest W. Adams
- Ernest W. Adams, curious about religion, believer in none.
- Written Nov 3
- “Ethiopian Orthodox, Syriac, or snake-handling? Monophysite or diaphysite? What’s your take on the Albigensian Crusade? Legitimate holy war, or bigoted sectarian genocide? Would you call King Henry VIII a Protestant, or simply a heretical Catholic?
“You can be a Christian when you know more about Christianity than your old man does. And one more thing: no evangelism. I won’t have you bothering other people about their religion. Trying to change someone’s religion is one of the most offensive things you can do; wars have been started by it.”
- in the hope some teens do convert and get if needing that questionnaire, these answers:
- "Ethiopian Orthodox, Syriac, or snake-handling?"
- Roman Catholic. "Sedevacantist" but technically not such, since accepting Vatican in Exile / Pope Michael.
- "Monophysite or diaphysite?"
- Dyophysite, monypostasist about Christ, and as usual monophysite and triypostasist about God.
In other words, Calchedonian Trinitarian.
- "What’s your take on the Albigensian Crusade? Legitimate holy war, or bigoted sectarian genocide?"
- Legitimate war against bigotted sectarians making snake handlers look sane.
- "Would you call King Henry VIII a Protestant, or simply a heretical Catholic?"
- He was personally a schismatic, slightly heretical Catholic, but favoured Protestants to get rid of better Catholics opposing his changes.
- "You can be a Christian when you know more about Christianity than your old man does."
- An old man with such an attitude can always imagine he knows more than he does.
He can also be missing the essentials and be avoiding the issue by trying to pretend these side issues unsolvable - which they are not.
- "And one more thing: no evangelism."
- Depends on his calling and circumstances.
Priests and monks and nuns need to evangelise.
Catholics surrounded by non-Catholics need to evangelise or withdraw, even if laymen.
- "I won’t have you bothering other people about their religion."
- Your teen, like anyone else, needs to obey God more than men, should there be a conflict.
You seem to be providing one.
- "Trying to change someone’s religion is one of the most offensive things you can do;"
- It seems some parents not getting over their sons or daughters becoming or remaining Christian and becoming Catholic to remain Christian (when faced with l o t s of info, provided on terms like "you can be a Christian when you know more about Christianity than your old man does,") should take this more to heart than teens simply evangelising.
And sometimes, it is not even the parents who behave like that, but networks feeling solidarity with the parents who might be slighted.
Some young people have not had opportunity to marry according to religion of their conversion, due to parents thinking they should change him first, so he could marry according to family background. This is atrocious, and even more so if a network sympathising with parents but without their initiative has been doing such things.
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