How Different Denominations See Each Other

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  1. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    I thought this was pretty funny (and accurate). I don't get the last item on the first row, however (RC's view of charismatics).

  2. Tripel

    Tripel Puritan Board Senior

    I saw the title and didn't think I'd like it.

    I like it.
  3. BobVigneault

    BobVigneault Bawberator

    I like it, that's funny. Some real thought went into that.
  4. caoclan

    caoclan Puritan Board Freshman

    Good stuff!
  5. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Perhaps as ugly, disordered chaos?
  6. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Thanks Tim, I really needed a laugh today.
  7. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    OK, I'll go with that.
  8. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Well done.
  9. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

  10. Contra_Mundum

    Contra_Mundum Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger Staff Member

    Mikey, I liked it.

    Needed one more column, in my opinion: Lutheran. And maybe Anglican (those two cultures are different enough).
  11. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    Both amusing and very perceptive.
  12. John Lanier

    John Lanier Puritan Board Junior

    Who is the guy with the beard in column 2, row 3?
  13. BobVigneault

    BobVigneault Bawberator

    Karl Marx
  14. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks, I didn't know about that one either. I think it's tremendously accurate!!
  15. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor


    It also lacks a column for fundamentalists:

    Roman Catholics as seen by Fundamentalists = [the devil]
    Mainline Liberals as seen by Fundamentalists = [the devil]
    Reformed as seen by Fundamentalists = [the devil]
    Evangelical as seen by Fundamentalists = [the devil]
    Charismatics as seen by Fundamentalsits = [the devil]
  16. CharlieJ

    CharlieJ Puritan Board Junior

    Other Fundamentalists as seen by Fundamentalists = [question mark]
  17. SRoper

    SRoper Puritan Board Graduate

    It's a Jackson Pollock (I think--is there a reliable way to identify a Jackson Pollock?). So RCs are traditional and well-ordered while Charismatics are modernist and chaotic.

    What's with Reformed as seen by Reformed? We see ourselves as nice, white, middle-class folks?
  18. Pilgrim Standard

    Pilgrim Standard Puritan Board Sophomore

    It was very interesting and carried some truth in regards to perceptions.

    The implication laid in calling RC, Charismatics, and Mainline Liberal, "Denominations" though is a rather disappointing oversight.
  19. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    Exactly. With our loving, perfectly obedient covenant children in tow.
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  20. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    The white family just happened to be a white family. I'm not reading anything more into their skin color. And yes, I think we reformed view ourselves as nice, happy people. We're content with our lives lived out under God's sovereignty. If you notice all the other groups view themselves as "super spiritual" but reformed know we can't take any credit/glory for anything.
  21. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    I saw it as we see ourselves living out our faith in covenant communities, the family being an important part of that. That's in contrast to the broadly evangelical view which is a more individualistic, "just me and my Bible" thing.
  22. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    I agree with Jack. When you look at the average "evangelical" church, you will not see a single child, certainly not during the sermon. The culture militates towards program-specific nurseries, children's church, early elementary, late elementary, etc. experiences. The evangelical (at least traditionally) self-identifies as a "bibliocentric" conservative Christian. Regardless of the "flavor" or position on doctrinal distinctives, the Bible is what we have in common. The stereotypical Reformed church is known for its confessions, intellectual acuity and academic predilections, and baptism of infants. As Rich used to opine on the PB quite often, the Reformed view sees the baptized child as a disciple. And, disciples belong in worship, don't you know? So, without knowing Rae's self-admitted "snarky" comment, the picture of a nuclear family (typically white) is not far from the mark just as an evangelical stereotype of Roman Catholics looks and dresses pretty Hispanic.

    BTW, as a Southern Californian of 58 years running who was raised on the celebration of racial diversity, it grieves me to see how monocultural so many Reformed congregations are reputed to be. If a Reformed vision of the faith is to flourish and be more than a statistical footnote, some of you all are going to have to reach out beyond that happy little nuclear family of pasty white folks and evangelize some of the increasingly "colorful" American demographic.
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  23. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    All of the ways each group is depicted as seeing itself could easily be interpreted as either "super spiritual" or "content," I'd say.
  24. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    And I should add that it'll get messy and you'll get strange looks from some quarters of the reformed community. I have to admit that I'm probably overly content in my white reformed church.

    Also, the chart is scarily accurate.
  25. GulfCoast Presbyterian

    GulfCoast Presbyterian Puritan Board Junior

    We have a few very devout African American families in our church, and they get grief from the "African American" churches in town for going to a "white church." Their response is "Our church is not white, its actually red brick." ;)
  26. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    We are the only "white" church in our community that supports the "black" community organizations and ministries (literally) on the other side of the tracks. However we do not do so in the hopes of diversifying our lilywhite congregation, but because we should support the ministries existing in our community. If some people who our society recognizes as being of different ethnic groups want to join our congregation we welcome them. However I have no intention of purposefully evangelizing certain sections of our community just so we won't be so white. That kind of guilt-driven evangelism I left behind in the mainlines.
  27. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    Our demographic has changed quite a bit in the last 3 years. We have a Chilean, a number of Mexican-Americans, a Philipino, an Indian (India) family, an Israeli married to a Mexican, a family from the UK and the husband is Ukranian and the wife is Coptic Egyptian, a family from the Netherlands, people from Singapore, as well Euro-Americans.

    We have two families that are studying at RPTS right now. One is a Latino family and the other is Korean. That add some LA RPC spice to the RP Seminary, for sure.

    This is one thing that I have prayed about quite a bit. If Jesus is building an international church, and the Reformed community is basically white bread with some color thrown in here and there- we are not doing our job. All nations- that's what the Bible says.

    Anyhow.... back to the original comic.... which I find very amusing.
  28. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Most evangelicals and liberals I have met have never heard of 'Reformed'.
  29. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    And the hispanic guy said, :amen:
  30. InSlaveryToChrist

    InSlaveryToChrist Puritan Board Junior

    I'd like to see how Baptists see Presbyterians, and vice versa. :D
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