Tuesday, November 15, 2005

CAN (S)HE BE A BAPTIZED CHRISTIAN...REALLY?


Can a "practicing __________" be a baptized Christian?

hmmmm..... here's one take on it.

any thoughts from our quirky theo-thinking community?

9 comments:

jason said...

i really don't see any problem with the story of this baptism - it just happens to be culturally appropriate for some men in africa to take more than one wife if they have the resources -

what's not culurally appropriate in our culture that could exclude someone from baptism?

hmmmmmmm

ColeWake said...

huh?

gavin richardson said...

i say they should just jump in the water at the same time someone else gets baptized.. you might sneak in, but i think it works. &:~)

St.Phransus said...

baptized by association- i like it gavin!!!

Zoomdaddy said...

sure, but he can't be an elder or a deacon per Paul's instructions to Timmy-boy

Ciona said...

Let's see . . . sure! That's so foreign to me and our western culture. I can see it being good/of God, though.

Thunder Jones said...

Zoom, don't you mean deutero-Paul? Sacred Tradition is also compelling insofar as the sacrament of marriage informs us that a marriage is an act before God of two individuals.

Certainly he can be baptized. I would be hesitant on allowing him ordained ministry. Certainly, he would be included in the priesthood of believers. This is much more compelling than homosexual discussions about authority of Scripture to me since polygamy likely looks very much like it did in the 1st century.

Things that make you go hmmmm...

Zoomdaddy said...

Thunder,
I don't buy into late-dating and pseudo-authors. There's enough textual and traditional evidence to support Pauline authorship to satisfy me. The only reason why anyone would want to doubt Pauline authorship is because they want to cast doubt upon its canonicity (because we all know if it isn't canonical, then the authority quotient goes way down). No thank you, I don't like to mix academics and politics.

Thunder Jones said...

It's still in the canon. I just want to better understand the reason for its writing.