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Old 11-12-2017, 11:47 AM   #39
awareness
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Default Re: How Many Are Former Members Of The Local Church

I think you prolly know it already, but what you are talking about, blending monotheism with polytheism, is called syncretism.

It happens all the time. I've read of missionaries going to remote tribes and teaching them Christianity, only to find years later the tribe blended the Christian beliefs with their "superstitions" and myths. They relate the demons and spirits of their mythology with those in the Christian beliefs.

I myself syncretize Christianity with the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. I find it fitting that when the gospel of John is translated into Chinese the word "Logos" is translated as "Tao." I understand that. The Tao and the Logos are the same "thing." The Tao became flesh.

And question, if I hit you in Private Message will you give me the link to your blog? I'll do that now.
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