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Date Posted: 24/11/07 12:34:40pm
Author: Peter Eveleigh
Subject: when have you ever heard an ordinary person use the word apostasy?

Something alarmed me about the negotiated re-write of the JA Wikipedia article last night, when Rumiton referred to a site reference put on the article as being an "apostate site".

I have never heard anyone other than the JA or Islamic fundamentalists refer to anything as apostate, so claxons and flashing lights went off all over my house.

An apostate is someone who has abandoned the faith. Only the JA refer to the leaving of their church as the leaving of the faith or the beginnings of backsliding into apostasy.

If the JA insist that they are just an orthodox Christian church, then leaving them is no more the act of an apostate than leaving your local parish church and joining the parish somewhere else.

The fact that Rumiton is using apostate to mean "depart from"...and then lists Mormons, Roman Catholics or Marxists, means that in his mind, as in the JA's, leaving the JA is synonymous with leaving Protestantism, and not just one of many, many orthodox Christian churches in this country which a Christian might belong to.

The theological argument doesn't matter. What matters is the use of the word by someone who purports to be neutral in the sense in which it is used almost exclusively by the JA .

Am I right to be concerned? (responses here or by email very much appreciated. Incidentally, if you have emailed me, please bear with me. I will write asap)

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