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Date Posted:21/03/2010 7:52 AMCopy HTML

I took a Graduate level Sociology of Religion class taught by Professor Gary Bauma at Monash Uni in 1998.  In my class was a student from the Church of Christ Theological College who was doing a few subjects at Monash to complete his degree from CCTC.  I'll call him Mike but I can't remember his real name.  In our introductory lecture, Gary asked us all to introduce ourselves. Mike did so but said he now defined himself as post-Christian.  Gary kind of smirked at that and I could see he was a tad annoyed with Mike.  I too thought Mike was being a bit pretentious, calling himself that.  Anyway, Mike didn't show up for another class, so I never got to question his definition.

I now think though that Mike actually hit on something that we can use here.  I think we should call ourselves
post-Revivalists, rather than ex-Revivalists, and here's why...

Post-Revivalist
denotes:

  • one has been a Revivalist at one stage, genuinely believed in it, did the 1-2-3 steps and has lived the life for a period of time;
  • one fully comprehends and understands the basic tenets of Revivalist beliefs;
  • one has valid experiential, philosophical and theological reasons for rejecting Revivalist beliefs and churches;
  • one has outgrown and grown past Revivalism.

Now I realise a lot of the people still in Revivalist churches are going to take issue with my definition here. but that will be more because
they don't think a post-Revivalist, as I have defined it, can actually exist.  For the Revivalist, the only reason one leaves or rejects Revivalist churches and beliefs is because there is something wrong with that person. The departed is a backslider, bitter, loves their sin, etc.  The Revivalist belief system simply will not allow any other interpretation of events. For a Revivalist to say that any of the 4 criteria above are valid or even possible is to question their own beliefs and that's something most will not do...until the time is right.   And we post-Revivalists know this to be true from our own experience as Revivalists! 

To leave a Revivalist church is to grow-up, to move on and forward.  Those who leave the Revival Centres are the victors and the graduates, not the failures. So, I like this term, post-Revivalist.  It says, I have been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
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Re:Post-Revivalist

Date Posted:02/01/2011 9:42 PMCopy HTML

Quite plainly, the definition you seek is irrelevant.  It's a matter of discussion if you've 'outgrown' RCI, or if you've 'fallen away' from the faith.  Such things can only be defined by the Bible, to have meaning within the context of the RCI ( that is, in a Christian context ).  It is, either way, sematics.  All that really matters is, is there a God, and are you doing what He wants you to ?
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I think you might have meant 'Semitics'. There is more to doing what He wants you to than that, Learning to read and interpret the holy scriptures properly and gaining the correct knowledge that leads one to salvation is foremost in coming to know God and his requirements. RCI has not done this and lead many to destruction.

The meaning of the bible and the context of RCI are so far apart that one can only conclude; RCI are not Christian.

I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C.S.Lewis.
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Date Posted:03/01/2011 6:44 AMCopy HTML

Ralph,

Actually, the word is 'semantics'. 'Semitics' is the study of the language and culture of Ancient Near Esatern people groups.

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Date Posted:03/01/2011 6:45 AMCopy HTML

Ralph,

The word is 'semantics'. 'Semitics' is the study of the language and culture of Ancient Near Eastern people groups.

Ian

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Date Posted:03/01/2011 10:06 AMCopy HTML

Thanks Ian.
I did look it (sematics) up on mirriam-webster dictionary before posting my comment and it came up as no such word. Perhaps just a 'typo' of our guest.
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Date Posted:03/01/2011 10:18 AMCopy HTML

(Me' sign in problem also).

'Semitics', a path one needs to follow anyhow to help understanding of scripture.
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Date Posted:03/01/2011 10:22 AMCopy HTML

Ralph,

It's 'semantics' with an 'n'. You wrote 'sematics' without the 'n', hence the online dictionary didn't recognise it.

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Date Posted:03/01/2011 12:05 PMCopy HTML

Ian,

 

Guest #1 wrote; Quite plainly, the definition................................................  It is, either way, sematics.  All that really matters is, is there a God, and are you doing what He wants you to ?

 

It was ‘Guest’ that miss-spelt the word in the first instance. That is why I looked it up.

 

Ralph

 

PS it would be nice if all would ‘ID’ when posting.

 

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Date Posted:03/01/2011 12:07 PMCopy HTML

Ralph,

'Yes', but you misspelled the word yourself, when you looked it up, eh?

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Date Posted:03/01/2011 12:08 PMCopy HTML

yep

and I have looked up 'semantics' and have a handle on it. More than likely is what Guest meant.

 Ralph
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