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Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by Archippus, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. Archippus

    Archippus Guest

    I am a Baptist long enough to know that we thrive on our differences but am new to this worldwide forum.

    Does anyone know of any basic or general differences between Baptists in Europe and in America?

    From looking at this forum one thing seems to be that my Baptist brothers and sisters in America are much more involved in their politics. Is this a fair assesment?
  2. Helen

    Helen <img src =/Helen2.gif>

    Aug 29, 2001
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    Welcome to the Board!

    Both the webmaster and Barnabas are from Hungary, I think. In discussions with them, on and off the board, I have started to understand that the term "Baptist" in their country comes much closer to the term 'fundamental, Bibl-believing Christian' than it does in the West. In the West I see splits and arguments over innumerable idiocies (sorry, folks...) that do not seem to be present in countries where following Christ has had a higher cost.
  3. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2003
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    Welcome again Archippus!

    I think Helen has a valid point. I realise that I am probably about to bring wrath down upon my head, but being an American who has lived in Europe for almost nine years I think that those who live in America find MANY more things to fight over. Here in Ireland we are few and far between so have learned to lay some petty differences aside. We even had a non-baptist pastor's wife speak at our last Mother/Daughter Tea!!! :eek:
  4. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club

    Apr 8, 2003
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    Archippus, I would like to comment on this. Having lived in Germany many years (in the US Army) I was a member of both Southern Baptist and Independent Baptist churches. Normally, there was not much of a choice of chuches (and usually the chapels were a waste of time) so we simply united as Baptists! [​IMG] [​IMG] We had a full circle; Americian, Southern, General, GARB, Indep, well you name it and they came. Sure we could all have started our little denomational churches, but then there would only be 3 or 4 folks attending each one. So we just decided to put aside some of the unimportant doctines work together. Wow, what a concept!
    Back in the States, especially down South we like to joke and say there is a Baptist church on every corner. Since there are more churches to choose from and using our belief of individual Soul liberty, we Americians tend to get a bit "political" in our churches. When a few folks get upset at something (even as simple as the color of paint for the walls) they will go out and start a new Baptist church.
    As far as I am concerned I would love to go back to Germany and the EBC (now the IBC)
  5. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    One difference I note is that everyone talks like there is just about NOBODY saved over in Europe. I've heard 1% in England. .1% in France and Italy. Some hope and growth for Eastern Europe.

    Americans see their whole society as permeated with christian principles and beliefs, and Europe as dead as what little "religion" is there as Roman or Anglican Catholic. Dead.

    This forum has shown me so good brothers and sisters in these nations. But true to the percentages - very very small in comparison to the gajillions in the US/Australia.