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  1. As many of you know, I tend to see myself as a Progressive Christian on most days of the week. But my wife is fairly happy to be a Southern Baptist and our daughter, 15, is very involved with the youth group at our local SB church. For the most part, this is not much of a problem in our home as I love and respect their right to practice whatever faith works for them. We do occassionally have some interesting...conversations. Thankfully, my wife is a good listener, even if she doesn't agree with me. I wouldn't trade her for anything. More than anyone else in my life, she has shown me the unconditional love of God. And, for the most part, I try to let my "more progressive bent" of Christianity be something that I live out through my attitudes and actions rather than something I try to indoctrinate into my children. But... But I also want my kids to know what I, as their father, believe. I, meddler that I am, refuse to leave all of their "religious training" to the Southern Baptist Convention. So I spent quite a bit of time working on this fairly short course that I call Natural Christianity that is designed to briefly share what I believe and my reasons for those beliefs. However, I approached this course from the reference point of stressing my similarities with much in traditional Christianity without openly attacking it. Only in the last couple of pages do I mention three areas where my beliefs are significantly different from what traditional Christianity holds to. In "real life", yes, there are many more differences. But, again, I wanted to emphasize the similarities and keep the differences to a minimum. Then, should my wife or children want to know more, they are, of course, free to ask or, better yet, explore on their own. This course was well-received by my family and we only have the last three "differences" sections to go. I'm trying to get my courage up. I feel like Martin Luther getting ready to challenge the Church. Anyway, I thought I would offer this to you good people here at the forum at PC for your own use, should you find it helpful. I am also open to suggestions/corrections as to *how* I say things. There are 10 Lessons and I will post them separately and in order.
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