History UsefulNotes / AmericanChurches

8th Sep '17 11:20:29 AM GrammarNavi
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This is not some liberal hippie denomination, but actually the "plain people": {{Amish}}, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Each group is distinct from the others, but they all share core beliefs. They're famous for being {{actual pacifist}}s (believing that TurnTheOtherCheek isn't just a suggestion), and also refusing to swear oaths, participate in politics, or drink any alcohol. The more conservative groups dress in plain clothes, keep technology use to a minimum, live in their own separate communities, and refuse to pay into Social Security[[note]]They get away with this by also refusing to accept it. These groups have a long history of providing for their own, and the US government has basically ruled that, since Social Security is essentially designed to force everyone to do what most Anabaptists had already been doing on their own for generations, they can just carry on as they always have and Washington will call it a wash.[[/note]] or even for insurance. More moderate branches, particularly the Mennonites, blend in more with society, though they still stick to their theology. Unusually for a Christian group, Anabaptists have their own language: Low German, also known as [[http://www.mennolink.org/doc/lg/index.html Plautdietsch]].

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This is not some liberal hippie denomination, but actually the "plain people": {{Amish}}, UsefulNotes/{{Amish}}, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Each group is distinct from the others, but they all share core beliefs. They're famous for being {{actual pacifist}}s (believing that TurnTheOtherCheek isn't just a suggestion), and also refusing to swear oaths, participate in politics, or drink any alcohol. The more conservative groups dress in plain clothes, keep technology use to a minimum, live in their own separate communities, and refuse to pay into Social Security[[note]]They get away with this by also refusing to accept it. These groups have a long history of providing for their own, and the US government has basically ruled that, since Social Security is essentially designed to force everyone to do what most Anabaptists had already been doing on their own for generations, they can just carry on as they always have and Washington will call it a wash.[[/note]] or even for insurance. More moderate branches, particularly the Mennonites, blend in more with society, though they still stick to their theology. Unusually for a Christian group, Anabaptists have their own language: Low German, also known as [[http://www.mennolink.org/doc/lg/index.html Plautdietsch]].
8th Aug '17 7:51:15 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Related to the Evangelical movement is '''Pentecostalism''', which writers often lump in with the evangelicals due to a lack of familiarity with either one. Pentecostalism is based around a direct experience with God, and often includes faith healing, speaking in tongues, and getting "imbued" with the Holy Spirit. Often associated with loud, charismatic preachers (indeed, a subset of Pentecostalism is called the "charismatic movement," although the word has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charismatic_Christianity more specific meaning]] in this context), who many skeptics will claim are responsible for the activity that goes on during Pentecostal sermons due to their getting the crowd riled up.\\

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** * Related to the Evangelical movement is '''Pentecostalism''', which writers often lump in with the evangelicals due to a lack of familiarity with either one. Pentecostalism is based around a direct experience with God, and often includes faith healing, speaking in tongues, and getting "imbued" with the Holy Spirit. Often associated with loud, charismatic preachers (indeed, a subset of Pentecostalism is called the "charismatic movement," although the word has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charismatic_Christianity more specific meaning]] in this context), who many skeptics will claim are responsible for the activity that goes on during Pentecostal sermons due to their getting the crowd riled up.\\
24th Jun '17 10:30:27 AM nombretomado
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* '''Evangelical churches''', as defined by TheOtherWiki, are Protestant churches that are distinguished by four key traits -- a focus on personal conversion (becoming "born again"), spreading the message of Literature/TheBible (evangelizing), placing high stock in Biblical authority, and a focus on Jesus' death and resurrection. Examples of such churches include most subgroups of Baptists, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Presbyterian Church in America [[note]]Not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which is mainline Protestant.[[/note]]. They usually adhere to conservative social values, and are very often [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]]. [[note]]As always, there are exceptions to every rule. A number of more liberal, mainline churches call themselves evangelical (such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), and a substantial minority of individual evangelicals, particularly younger ones, reject Biblical literalism.[[/note]]\\

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* '''Evangelical churches''', as defined by TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, are Protestant churches that are distinguished by four key traits -- a focus on personal conversion (becoming "born again"), spreading the message of Literature/TheBible (evangelizing), placing high stock in Biblical authority, and a focus on Jesus' death and resurrection. Examples of such churches include most subgroups of Baptists, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Presbyterian Church in America [[note]]Not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which is mainline Protestant.[[/note]]. They usually adhere to conservative social values, and are very often [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]]. [[note]]As always, there are exceptions to every rule. A number of more liberal, mainline churches call themselves evangelical (such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), and a substantial minority of individual evangelicals, particularly younger ones, reject Biblical literalism.[[/note]]\\
18th May '17 9:26:55 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* '''[[UsefulNotes/{{Atheism}} Atheists]] and other non-religious people''' (not a church, but here for completeness) make up about 15% of the American population, with their numbers being highest in the Western states and the Northeast.[[note]]The title of "least religious state" often varies between Vermont, Colorado, Oregon and Washington depending on the year and the survey.[[/note]] The vast majority of non-religious people tend to be either liberals (they voted about 71% for UsefulNotes/BarackObama) or libertarians, although there are a few prominent conservative atheists. They have long been an acceptable target in American culture, often being stereotyped as [[HollywoodAtheist bitter, elitist, amoral, un-patriotic]], and [[DirtyCommunists possibly Communist]] (the latter during the Cold War especially, when "In God We Trust" was made the US's national slogan as a political statement against "godless communism").

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* '''[[UsefulNotes/{{Atheism}} Atheists]] and other non-religious people''' (not a church, but here for completeness) make up about 15% of the American population, with their population. Their numbers being are highest in the Western states and the Northeast.[[note]]The Northeast, with the title of "least religious state" often varies fluctuating between Vermont, Colorado, Oregon Oregon, Washington, and Washington the various [[HollywoodNewEngland New England]] states depending on the year and the survey.[[/note]] survey. The vast majority of non-religious people tend to be either liberals (they voted about 71% for UsefulNotes/BarackObama) or libertarians, although there are a few prominent conservative atheists. They have long been an acceptable target in American culture, often being stereotyped as [[HollywoodAtheist bitter, elitist, amoral, un-patriotic]], and [[DirtyCommunists possibly Communist]] (the latter during the Cold War especially, when "In God We Trust" was made the US's national slogan as a political statement against "godless communism").communism"), to the point where it's been [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/way-more-americans-may-be-atheists-than-we-thought/ suggested]] that lingering stereotypes have caused pollsters to significantly underreport the actual number of atheists in the US, as many of them would be reluctant to express their non-belief to a stranger.
27th Apr '17 11:10:03 AM MegaMarioMan
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%% violates HowToWriteAnExample: bad context, several items in one bullet * There have been some more positive portrayals of non-religious people in the media, such as [[Series/{{Bones}} Temperance Brennan]] and many of Creator/JossWhedon's (himself an atheist) characters.

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%% violates HowToWriteAnExample: Administrivia/HowToWriteAnExample: bad context, several items in one bullet * There have been some more positive portrayals of non-religious people in the media, such as [[Series/{{Bones}} Temperance Brennan]] and many of Creator/JossWhedon's (himself an atheist) characters.
19th Mar '17 11:43:56 PM KYCubbie
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** Although one current and one recent state governor are the American-born children of Indian immigrants, neither is a Hindu (or Muslim, Buddhist, or Sikh, for that matter). Current South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is Methodist, and Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana from 2008 until being term-limited out in 2016, is Catholic.

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** Although one current and one two recent state governor governors are the American-born children of Indian immigrants, neither is a Hindu (or Muslim, Buddhist, or Sikh, for that matter). Current Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina governor Nikki Haley from 2011 until resigning in 2017 to become the country's UN ambassador, is Methodist, and Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana from 2008 until being term-limited out in 2016, is Catholic.
3rd Dec '16 10:02:44 PM MsChibi
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The government can't decide that your religion is unworthy, isn't right, or is a {{Cult}} simply because people think that it's heretical or blasphemous. To do that, they will go after something else: too many guns and paedophiles at Waco, too much polygamy and forced marriages of young girls to older men at that Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas. But if a bunch of adults decide to hold Satanic services involving devil worship, short of finding something actually ''illegal'' going on, there ain't a damn thing the government can do to stop it. [[note]]A few years ago the Oklahoma Satanists decided to hold a black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. They agreed to change a few of their rituals to comply with local health codes (like using vinegar in place of urine). So they held their service where 28 people participated. Outside, over 250 people picketed the mass.[[/note]] So if you want to start a cult that says the world is cube-shaped and your deity is a talking lizard, you're A-OK (legally, anyway, which will not stop people from laughing at you; the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech and of the press).

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The government can't decide that your religion is unworthy, isn't right, or is a {{Cult}} simply because people think that it's heretical or blasphemous. To do that, they will go after something else: too many guns and paedophiles at Waco, too much polygamy and forced marriages of young girls to older men at that Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas. But if a bunch of adults decide to hold Satanic services involving devil worship, short of finding something actually ''illegal'' going on, there ain't a damn thing the government can do to stop it. [[note]]A few years ago the Oklahoma Satanists decided to hold a black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. They agreed to change a few of their rituals to comply with local health codes (like using vinegar in place of urine). So they held their service where 28 people participated. Outside, over 250 people picketed the mass.[[/note]] So if you want to start a cult that says the world is cube-shaped and your deity is a talking lizard, you're A-OK (legally, anyway, which will not stop people from laughing at you; you or criticizing you/your beliefs; the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech and of the press).
22nd Oct '16 3:18:16 PM Tdarcos
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The government can't decide that your religion is unworthy, isn't right, or is a {{Cult}} simply because people think that it's heretical or blasphemous. To do that, they will go after something else: too many guns and paedophiles at Waco, too much polygamy and forced marriages of young girls to older men at that Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas. But if a bunch of adults decide to hold Satanic services involving devil worship, short of finding something actually ''illegal'' going on, there ain't a damn thing the government can do to stop it. [none]A few years ago the Oklahoma Satanists decided to hold a black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. They agreed to change a few of their rituals to comply with local health codes (like using vinegar in place of urine). So they held their service where 28 people participated. Outside, over 250 people picketed the mass.[/note] So if you want to start a cult that says the world is cube-shaped and your deity is a talking lizard, you're A-OK (legally, anyway, which will not stop people from laughing at you; the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech and of the press).

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The government can't decide that your religion is unworthy, isn't right, or is a {{Cult}} simply because people think that it's heretical or blasphemous. To do that, they will go after something else: too many guns and paedophiles at Waco, too much polygamy and forced marriages of young girls to older men at that Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas. But if a bunch of adults decide to hold Satanic services involving devil worship, short of finding something actually ''illegal'' going on, there ain't a damn thing the government can do to stop it. [none]A [[note]]A few years ago the Oklahoma Satanists decided to hold a black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. They agreed to change a few of their rituals to comply with local health codes (like using vinegar in place of urine). So they held their service where 28 people participated. Outside, over 250 people picketed the mass.[/note] [[/note]] So if you want to start a cult that says the world is cube-shaped and your deity is a talking lizard, you're A-OK (legally, anyway, which will not stop people from laughing at you; the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech and of the press).
22nd Oct '16 3:14:58 PM Tdarcos
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The government can't decide that your religion is unworthy, isn't right, or is a {{Cult}} simply because people think that it's heretical or blasphemous. To do that, they will go after something else: too many guns and paedophiles at Waco, too much polygamy and forced marriages of young girls to older men at that Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas. But if a bunch of adults decide to hold Satanic services involving devil worship, short of finding something actually ''illegal'' going on, there ain't a damn thing the government can do to stop it. So if you want to start a cult that says the world is cube-shaped and your deity is a talking lizard, you're A-OK (legally, anyway, which will not stop people from laughing at you; the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech and of the press).

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The government can't decide that your religion is unworthy, isn't right, or is a {{Cult}} simply because people think that it's heretical or blasphemous. To do that, they will go after something else: too many guns and paedophiles at Waco, too much polygamy and forced marriages of young girls to older men at that Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas. But if a bunch of adults decide to hold Satanic services involving devil worship, short of finding something actually ''illegal'' going on, there ain't a damn thing the government can do to stop it. [none]A few years ago the Oklahoma Satanists decided to hold a black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center. They agreed to change a few of their rituals to comply with local health codes (like using vinegar in place of urine). So they held their service where 28 people participated. Outside, over 250 people picketed the mass.[/note] So if you want to start a cult that says the world is cube-shaped and your deity is a talking lizard, you're A-OK (legally, anyway, which will not stop people from laughing at you; the First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech and of the press).
21st Oct '16 3:08:45 AM KYCubbie
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** The '''Nation of Islam''', whose more prominent members have included UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, Louis Farrakhan, and Muhammad Ali (although Malcolm X and Ali both left the NOI for mainstream Islam), is an American offshoot of the religion of Islam. As with mainstream Islam, the NOI preaches adherence to the five pillars of Islam, personal modesty, eschewing pork, and many other similarities. They differ from mainstream Islam in that they also preach black supremacy and that their founder, Wallace Fard Muhammad, was viewed as the Christian Messiah and the Muslim Mahdi (much the same thing). With its own religious text, doctrinal differences with traditionalists, and American origin, the Nation of Islam can be seen as analogous to Mormonism, and its reception has often been similar (frosty at best, hostile at worst).

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** The '''Nation of Islam''', whose more prominent members have included UsefulNotes/MalcolmX, Louis Farrakhan, and Muhammad Ali UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli (although Malcolm X and Ali both left the NOI for mainstream Islam), is an American offshoot of the religion of Islam. As with mainstream Islam, the NOI preaches adherence to the five pillars of Islam, personal modesty, eschewing pork, and many other similarities. They differ from mainstream Islam in that they also preach black supremacy and that their founder, Wallace Fard Muhammad, was viewed as the Christian Messiah and the Muslim Mahdi (much the same thing). With its own religious text, doctrinal differences with traditionalists, and American origin, the Nation of Islam can be seen as analogous to Mormonism, and its reception has often been similar (frosty at best, hostile at worst).
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