Saturday Symposium: What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?

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It’s time for today’s Saturday Symposium question:

How this works: It’s very simple. We ask a multi-part question related to a topic we’ve blogged about during the past week or are considering blogging about in the near future, and you, our readers, share your responses in the comments section. Feel free to be open, reflective, and vulnerable…and to challenge us. But as always, be mindful of the comment policy that ends each of our posts. Usually, we respond fairly quickly to each comment, but in order to give you time to think, come back, add more later if you want, and discuss with other readers, we will wait until after Monday to respond to comments on Saturday Symposium questions.

This week’s Saturday Symposium question: This week, we taking our question from a set of reader queries and comments. Sarah’s reflection from two weeks ago on Christian Formation and the Cost of the Culture War has been getting a lot of attention in other places on the Internet over the past several days. As more people have written to us and commented on the post itself, we’ve seen questions like, “To what extent are students actually Christian if they can’t name basic Christian doctrines? Does it matter if a person doesn’t know official teachings? Isn’t faith more important? What, in your opinion, does it mean for a person to be a Christian?” We are posing these questions to you for this week’s Saturday discussion. As you respond, please be mindful of the fact that our readers come from a variety of faith traditions, including non-Christian traditions. Respectful disagreement is always welcome.

We look forward to reading your responses. If you’re concerned about having your comment publicly associated with your name, please consider using the Contact Us page to submit your comment. We can post it under a pseudonym (i.e. John says, “your comment”) or summarize your comment in our own words (i.e. One person observed…). Participating in this kind of public dialogue can be risky, and we want to do what we can to protect you even if that means we preserve your anonymity. Have a wonderful weekend!


Sarah and Lindsey

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