Saturday, June 19, 2010

Why a small and shrinking mainline denomination gets inordinate news coverage
A connection to a Christian tradition with apostolic pretensions is absolutely essential for the religious left. After all, what does it matter if the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ordains women or the United Church of Christ ordains homosexuals and permits homosexual marriage?

But the fact that an “apostolic” church permits all these things carries considerably more weight for two reasons. Because it places in the public mind the idea that such innovations are legitimate “apostolic” positions to take. And it implies that perhaps the other two larger and far more influential “apostolic” churches might be, well, wrong.
Chris Johnson

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