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November 15, 2007

You're a Loving, Christian Family That Wants to Adopt a Child? Hold on. Don't Believe in Evolution, Do Ya?

Linda Privitera on January 5, 2008 05:21 PM EST writes:
litmus test

I am sorry to hear about the lack of accepting different perspectives in our complex faith journeys. Much is changing in regards to how we define our belief systems even within Christian denominational practices. Rather than just a creedal rebuttal might it not be an obligation of the orphanage to limit their parental prospects clearly in their writings? If they are not open to all folks then they should clearly say so. Unity of spirit is more important to me than uniformity of belief...trying to live out one's faith through service to the little wounded ones abandoned by biology but not by the church's understanding of baptismal promises seems a more gospel centered approach.
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Pam on November 20, 2007 06:53 PM EST writes:
thanks for your comments

The idea, for the family-values folks out there, is for all children to have loving families, isn't it? That's the aspect of his life that is at risk...

And as for saving souls and lives, I'm hoping that we all have the option for both - who are any of us mere mortals to make a decision like that for another living being? I even try to make sure that my turkey grew up happy before I eat it on Thanksgiving. ;)


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robroy on November 20, 2007 06:27 PM EST writes:
Adoption

We have just been approved for the adoption of our second child from China! The second adoption was through a Christian adoption agency, both kids are special needs and both older (three and now four).

I would tell the this woman (and all other Episcopalians) to get used to people questioning whether we are Christians. Our presiding Unitarianess certainly casts doubt amongst true Christians in other denominations. Yes, we have Christian Episcopalians but also many other types (Buddipalians, Islamopalians, Suffipalians, homopalians, etc.)

I would advise the woman not to be so smug in her responses. Basically, she stated that she "tries to be nice and accepting". I think the dalai lama could say the same, but he certainly isn't Christian.

Perhaps, she might respond (if she believes it, that is):
"I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
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He will come again to judge the living and the dead." See the BCP's for the complete text of the Nicene creed.
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Marty on November 20, 2007 01:53 PM EST writes:
Of course it's more imporant to save his soul than his life. That should be obvious to any believer.

But who ever said his life was being put at risk anyway?
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