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On a scale of Care Bear to Desecrating the Eucharist in front of a Nun, how mean is it to ask a Mormon just called to the missions why he's trying to convert a nation that heard the gospel in the 10th century?

Date: 2010-06-10 06:40 pm (UTC)
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On that scale, I'd say it's about a Bill Hicks.

Date: 2010-06-10 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Fair question. Did he have an answer?

Date: 2010-06-10 06:59 pm (UTC)
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No, because he knows that if he ever espouses a "great Apostasy" theology I'll own his ass. Theology with debate kids is fun and lulzy.

Date: 2010-06-10 07:04 pm (UTC)
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That's not very mean at all. Does he know Stephanie Myers? Actually, honestly, a good question to ask a Mormon is why do so many of their women have c-sections? They have a ton of them and I would love to know why.

Date: 2010-06-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
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I am more intrigued by the underwear, but that's just me.

Date: 2010-06-10 08:49 pm (UTC)
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It depends upon the Mormon, and how obnoxious he is being, because people do occasionally need to be slapped back into common sense.

Still, I think that one could happily justify a mission to Israel, on the basis that there are plenty of people there now who do not accept the Gospel.

Date: 2010-06-10 08:53 pm (UTC)
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The reason not to go to Israel is that we don't need more martyrs there.

He's going to Russia.

Date: 2010-06-10 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Well, if he tries to evangelize to the Bratva, he just might achieve martyrdom there, too.

I do not know what the post-communist belief situation is there, but there might be something of a vacuum, as there is in the PRC, where many are trying to fill it up with the basest materialism.

Date: 2010-06-10 09:02 pm (UTC)
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A civilized church would nevertheless respect the fragility of the situation until the Patriarchate of Moscow and Orthodoxy in general can effectively organize themselves there.

Date: 2010-06-10 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Sure, but you and I only think that because we consider the Orthodox to be believers, not unbelievers.

That is one of the things which gets me about Protestant ultra-exclusivist groups: what kind of a God is only going to save the 300 members of this one congregation, and condemn the other 6 700 000 000 people in the world?

Date: 2010-06-11 12:06 am (UTC)
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It's not mean at all, but then again, you know my religion.

Date: 2010-06-11 03:22 am (UTC)
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It's a perfectly legit question. These "missionaries" (such as the various Fundie churches who go on "mission" to Catholic countries) who engage in sheep-stealing don't get any sympathy out of me, anymore than would Catholics going to Jesus Camp for the same purpose.

Date: 2010-06-11 04:34 am (UTC)
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Possibly mean, but I'd do precisely that in that situation. With glee.

Date: 2010-06-11 04:58 am (UTC)
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I'm with[ profile] martiancyclist and [ profile] paedraggaidin on this one.
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