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If you are a Browncoat and a Christian....sound-off....NO AGENDA...just curious.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 4:56 AM

STILLSHINY


This isn't an Us and Them or an Us vs Them thread. I'm just curious.

I find it cool how many Christians dig Joss' work. I think it's a credit to you to see beyond all the *flubotonam and enjoy the gift of Joss' storytelling.

*flubotonam I'm sure I spelled it wrong. but it's the word Joss uses to describe the mystical stuff

If the thread is inappropriate, Haken feel free to remove it, or move it to Real World.

So let me sound off first

Stillshiny - I am a born-again Christian and a Browncoat. Shiny Hallelujah!

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:18 AM

DARKFLY


I'm a Christian and I think Firefly & Serenity are the best TV show & Movie ever,and I think it's good it raises questions on violence & moral & other things.And it also doesn't have many swear words which is a good thing but it doen't mean I can't tolerate swearing,come on most of us Christians(theirs a lot of us) have seen The Terminator,The Rock(over 100 swear words),etc.



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Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:27 AM

GRIZWALD


*raises hand*

Christian and Browncoat here, too.

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* If you aim to misbehave
* If they can't take the sky from you
* If you are going to the Special Hell
* If you like the taste of Mudder's Milk
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then you are a Browncoat, and you're with family.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:35 AM

BETHERS0921


I'm a Christian Browncoat, as well. I used to be totally obsessed with Buffy and Angel, and now I'm totally obsessed with Firefly.

Apparently, I just can't get enough of Joss!

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:52 AM

ZZETTA13


To begin my post I first want to say that whatever a person deems is true is their belief. I'm not posting to preach or try to change anyones idea of things.

Now do I believe in God? I do believe in a creator or some kind of creative source. A higher Power that started it all. If that's saying I believe in God. Then I do.

Even if I think back to the BIG BANG theory, I think well,what lit the fuse? I don't think that things just happened or that one day two chemicals got together and said "Hey lets unite and start life!" I just don't see it that way. Now as for disagreements. I respect anyones opinion ( I hope they respect mine) I'm not here to tell them they're wrong and I'm right or anything else. I'm willing to look at things from opposite angles. Even scientists don't believe that things just happen. They spend years tracing things out to find the source. If this lead to this then this....and so on.

Mankind will always search for the beginning. What will we find? I think we will find God,not just the end of a frayed string. But thats just me.Maybe we will only find out at the end of this life.

So the question, am I a Christian? Well I do believe in Christ. He is my brother. So that would be a yepper.

Now for another question. Do I live life as I should. Well, I'm working on getting better. Just hope I have the time to do it

Z

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:54 AM

MAVOURNEEN


Quote:

Originally posted by Stillshiny:

I find it cool how many Christians dig Joss' work.



This surprises me.

BTVS - Magical Arts / Witchcraft. Lesbianism. Vampirism.
Quote from alabamabaptist.org
John Andrew Murray, headmaster of St. Timothy’s-Hale School in Raleigh, N.C., warns on the Focus on the Family Web site that media influences like Harry Potter, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” are causing a generation of children to be “desensitized to the occult.”

Angel - Vampirism / "being Undead". Demonic Posession. Witchcraft.
Firefly/Serenity - utter loss of Faith in God as the driving force in one's life.

Quote from Touchstonemag.com, a Christian Archive.
Neopagan Attitudes

Witches and neopagans themselves have found it impossible to agree on definitions of witchcraft and neopaganism, but nevertheless claim to intuitively recognize those who worship the way they do. Therefore, instead of trying to define these movements by their doctrines or practices, Alexander cites their common attitudes.

These attitudes begin with the rejection of established society and include:

• Rejection of Christian monotheism in favor of the animistic, polytheistic, or pantheistic powers believed to be available “for enlightenment and occult empowerment”;
• Rejection of the concept of sin and of the need for salvation;
• Rejection of accountability to any higher power in favor of “an ethic of self-will tempered by mysticism”; and
• Inclination to goddess or nature worship, feminism, and environmentalism.


Sounds vaguely whedonesque, no?


and...

Buffy’s end-times confrontation between the forces of good and evil, for example, comes from the biblical account of the cosmic conflict between God and Satan over the spiritual fate of humanity that culminates in the victory of Christ over Antichrist in John’s Apocalypse. But Whedon’s version lacks any implication that the conflict is between God and Satan, and the biblical themes of temptation, fall, judgment, and redemption that gave meaning to the conflict have disappeared.

Likewise, the vampirism, demons, and demon possession that Whedon portrays in Buffy lack the concern for the redemption of the individual souls of the vampirized and the possessed that had given a Christian significance to previous popular fictions from Dracula to The Exorcist.


*For the record, I'm not a born-again Christian, nor am I atheist, agnostic, or anything else. I believe what I believe.
Just surprised by the statement that Christians like Joss Whedon's work.

"Have you ever been with a Warrior Woman?"

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 6:09 AM

STILLSHINY


Not to hi-jack my own "sound-off" thread.

I think it's safe to say, most Christians who like Whedon's work, see beyond all that "stuff" that many people nit-pick apart.

For me....I appreciate the good storytelling & concepts of redemption & sacrifice, heroes & anti-heroes, people who just "do the right thing" and so on.

Joss is simply trying to tell a good....no.....a great story, and this is the Verse' he uses to tell it.

Now, back to my original thread.

Browncoat. Christian. Right here!

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:12 AM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


You have another Christian browncoat here. I must admit that I'm not a very good one. I haven't been to church in a while and I need to find one but at least I know that God is forgiving. I plan to get my butt in a pew soon though.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 9:01 AM

CYBERSNARK


Raised as a Christian.

Still practicing, but my own personal form of Christianity (not much of a follower, me).

Ironically enough, I find it was my dabbling in hard science, philosophy, witchcraft, eastern religions, mythology, and the occult (and pretty much everything that the Church establishment tries to suppress/discredit/destroy) that led to my current appreciation for the Church. Hell, I think Holy Blood, Holy Grail should be taught as part of the religious curriculum (and that The DaVinci Code should be taught as an example of IP theft, but that's a whole 'nuther debate).

There are just so many layers, both to the mass and to the faith itself --layers that I'd guess most laity (and probably even a few clergy) don't even realize: the Church is a ritual space, cousin to the sweat lodge or the shaman's circle. The singing of psalms and hymns descended from the shaman's drum that synchronizes the spirits of the ritual participants, awakening them to higher consciousness. The Host is a transformation of the wiccan athame, representing the male essence to the chalice/cauldron's female essence. The blessing of the Eucharist and the transubstantiation (bread & wine into body and blood) draws on the principles of sympathetic magic. Holy Water (which should have salt in it) is a spiritual disruptor, and using it to make the sign of the cross is a purification before the ritual (which is why I refuse to dip my finger and make the sign when leaving church --it defeats the purpose, messing up the spiritual "charging" the mass ritual just established). . .

And that duel between Moses and the Pharaoh's sorcerers, with the staffs turning into serpents --I could fuel a whole research paper on the symbolic meaning of that sequence!

In general, my only problem with the Church is with the Establishment. I'm too much of a non-conformist to accept Obedience as a cardinal virtue. Can't imagine that any God worth following would prefer Hir followers to be willfully ignorant (honest ignorance, I can stomache, but willfully avoiding learning? I think that's a sin).

Officially, there are things humans are not capable of comprehending, and so it's a "sin" for us to try. I don't hold to that. I think our minds (and specifically, our imaginations) are the most critical aspects of our existence. I don't think there is anything we can't comprehend. Up to and including the mind of God. I think it's our responsibility to confront and learn from the things that most offend us. (Can you tell I grew up watching Star Trek? )

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 9:10 AM

CIRHSEIN


I'm a devout Christian and a fanatical Browncoat. I've never watched much Buffy, and I've never seen Angel, so I can't speak to those shows, but it was, in fact, the religious elements of "Firefly" that initially intrigued me.

I know that Joss is an atheist, and of course we'll never know where he was going with the religious themes in the show, but I find it interesting that one of our first images of Mal is an expression of his faith. His life after the battle of Serenity Valley seems to be a reaction against the faith that let him down, and, of course, if he's reacting against it, that's only because he still feels it.

Shepherd Book was set up as one of the most interesting and complex characters on the show, and I find it both inexplicable and sad that Joss elected to waste him (both literally and figuratively) in the BDM.

At any rate, I've always been drawn to fiction that has spiritual themes and subtexts, and sci-fi is an excellent genre in which to explore those ideas without being preachy.

:)

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 9:30 AM

ASORTAFAIRYTALE


I'm a Christian, and I love firefly, what else is there to say?

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:01 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Token Neopagan jumping in to comment on the Neopagan info. Sorry to hijack the thread - I'll keep it brief!

Quote:

Witches and neopagans themselves have found it impossible to agree on definitions of witchcraft and neopaganism,


Yep. We're a pretty eclectic group. Mostly because there are loads and loads of Pagan religions out there, not just Wicca, New Age, Neopagan stuff.

Quote:


but nevertheless claim to intuitively recognize those who worship the way they do. Therefore, instead of trying to define these movements by their doctrines or practices, Alexander cites their common attitudes.



That's more or less the Pagan way. We don't focus on what divides us or makes us different. Instead we search for common ground.
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These attitudes begin with the rejection of established society and include:



I wouldn't agree with this statement. Pagans don't reject established society. We may reject certain aspects of the modern world - obviously we're not Christian (although there are Pagans out there who embrace Christian ritual and are happy to walk that path) and we try to be more spiritual than commerical (although you only have to google "Pagan stores" to see we can be as capitalist as anybody else) but we don't go around saying "society bad, anarchy good!" We're part of society. We're not just this mad group on the fringes. We're doctors, lawyers, teachers, we're in the police forces and the military. We're a minority, but we're society. Just like everyone else.

Quote:


• Rejection of Christian monotheism in favor of the animistic, polytheistic, or pantheistic powers believed to be available “for enlightenment and occult empowerment”;



Yes and No. Pagans aren't polytheistic exactly. We believe that there is a God, Higher Power, Deity, Spiritual Being, whatever. We see it as both male and female. And we try to keep in touch with that Deity, through many different methods from many different religions around the world, since we see any belief that tries to bring you closer to that Deity as valid. All the Gods and Goddesses - El, Yaweh, Jehovah, Zeus, Inanna, Brighid, Astarte - these are all aspects of The Deity. They speak to us of the Deity itself, but they're not the complete picture. Some Pagans will latch on to one or more of these aspects, while others will just use the generic terms The Goddess and The God. As far as we're concerned, it's all the same thing.

Quote:


• Rejection of the concept of sin and of the need for salvation;



Yes and No. If you do something wrong it comes back to haunt you. There's no "get out of hell free" salvation card. But we don't do the right thing because we fear the consequences. We do it because we choose to be a positive force in the world.

Quote:


• Rejection of accountability to any higher power in favor of “an ethic of self-will tempered by mysticism”; and



Nope. We're accountable all right. But if we make mistakes or do something harmful we see that as our fault and our choice, not the result of temptation or an outside force. So we have to accept the consequences of that - which is pretty much summed up in the phrase "What goes around comes around."

Quote:


• Inclination to goddess or nature worship, feminism, and environmentalism.



Yeah, this would be right. Although in general we don't worship The Goddess to the exclusion of The God. Some traditions do, but that only gives you half the picture. We see both male and female as being in perfect balance with one another, and both equally part of The Deity.

That would be my personal take on my own beliefs, but from what I know it's also in accordance with most Neopagan/Wiccan belief systems. Not Christian though, so I'll butt out now.

I do think it's really cool that my beliefs can be so different to yours and yet we still find common ground in Firefly. Does anyone else think that's cool?




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Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:01 AM

TVCHICK


Born-again Browncoat here. :)

Anyone have the link to the Christian organization that reviewed Serenity & had pretty much good things to say about it?

Joss' story arcs often are about redemption. What's anti-Christian about that?

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:41 AM

STILLSHINY


Do note, all the opinions you've responed to were merely quotes, not opionions of the browncoated ones.

Nerthelss, point well taken.

Sounding off once more. Christian Browncoat

You don't Fix faith...It fixes you.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:54 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Quote:


Do note, all the opinions you've responed to were merely quotes, not opionions of the browncoated ones.



Yep, I saw that In fact some of it is even taken from Pagan sources! It just seemed a little inaccurate. The collective noun for Pagans isn't a coven, it's an argument!

Stay shiny, Oh Shiny One




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Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:20 AM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


Cybersnark

"In general, my only problem with the Church is with the Establishment. I'm too much of a non-conformist to accept Obedience as a cardinal virtue. Can't imagine that any God worth following would prefer Hir followers to be willfully ignorant (honest ignorance, I can stomache, but willfully avoiding learning? I think that's a sin).

Officially, there are things humans are not capable of comprehending, and so it's a "sin" for us to try. I don't hold to that. I think our minds (and specifically, our imaginations) are the most critical aspects of our existence. I don't think there is anything we can't comprehend. Up to and including the mind of God. I think it's our responsibility to confront and learn from the things that most offend us. (Can you tell I grew up watching Star Trek? )"
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Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:25 AM

KINROEDARKSTONE


This Browncoat is Christian. Now this a Shiny example of a family. I see many who believe in God and are in that particular "Family". Yet at the same time, we have here those who are not of that "Family", BUT ARE a part of this Browncoat family! Shiny! Too many of our world nit pick the the differences of the beliefs of others to the point of shunning the very ones Christian are reaching out to. I'm glad at least here we find a FAMILY to which we can be a part of and not fight about our differences in beliefs.

Stay Shiny Y'all.

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Zoe: Planet's coming up a might fast.
Wash: That's just 'cause I'm goin' down too quick. Likely crash and kill us all.
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Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:32 AM

DUKKATI


Yep Im a Born again believer..

Thanks go to Captian Bryan and his crew. Who are all born again.

We may not act like what most nonbelievers think we should act like but nonbelievers don't know what we know.

I've been through the system.
It don't work.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:47 AM

NVGHOSTRIDER


Not a Christian, but a believer of Christian ideals. Kinda hard to label them strictly as Christian ideals, many beliefs and religions share them.
Religion, just like math and speech, are abstract ideas. You can't touch 2+2 or our many languages just as you can't touch God. At least not on this plane.
If a belief changes from abstract to concrete, it becomes law. Faith and law have no place with each other except with totalitarians and fanatics.

Love your fellow man, the earth we walk upon, and yourself. If that is not the ultimate goal of God, than what is its purpose?



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Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:13 PM

DUKKATI


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Quote:

Originally posted by nvghostrider:

Love your fellow man, the earth we walk upon, and yourself. If that is not the ultimate goal of God, than what is its purpose?


_____________________________________________________OIC the /quote boxed thingy OK got it
(well this is me talking now I dont know why it keeps making it look quoted)

[maybe a solid line will work){nope it didnt oh well}

I could tell you what HIS ultimate goal is.

But I thought this thread was to say "Yes Im a Christian and I like Firefly er..a being a Browncoat... wait I could be wrong let me check........yea it says it right there at the top "NO AGENDA"
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I've been through the system.
It don't work.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:20 PM

CITIZEN


Can't you just feel the christian love ^



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Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:27 PM

NVGHOSTRIDER


No agenda implied. I am neither as intelligent as Citizen nor as combative as, well, Citizen.
I was just tryin' not to offend any of the non-Christians listening. Any true Christian may want to consider that man was created in Gods image, not as clones to our creator. The far reaching mystery and understanding of God is the reason I do believe in Him, her, it, or whatever. Living in such a way as to prove my soul worthy of purification and ascention to the heavens. Absolving my sins and helping others to understand the purity of morals and ideals parallel with "Christian" beliefs.

Sorry if I offended. None was intended to any out there paying attention. I was just hopin' that the attention was more on love and acceptance of our fellow men, earth, and ourselves.





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Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:49 PM

STILLSHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by nvghostrider:
No agenda implied. I am neither as intelligent as Citizen nor as combative as, well, Citizen.
I was just tryin' not to offend any of the non-Christians listening. Any true Christian may want to consider that man was created in Gods image, not as clones to our creator. The far reaching mystery and understanding of God is the reason I do believe in Him, her, it, or whatever. Living in such a way as to prove my soul worthy of purification and ascention to the heavens. Absolving my sins and helping others to understand the purity of morals and ideals parallel with "Christian" beliefs.

Sorry if I offended. None was intended to any out there paying attention. I was just hopin' that the attention was more on love and acceptance of our fellow men, earth, and ourselves.








I believe that was well said.

TO ALL:

So I said no agenda. I may have been incorrect. I had an agenda, and that was to have.... "no agenda"

I just wanted to make a thread, where those who ARE Christians could pop up & say, "Hey, I'm a Christian and I'm a Browncoat."

Not even a place to discuss what you believe, or why. Because invaribly as soon as you do that you open the door for disagreement. And it seems to me, we've got plenty of other threads to do that.

I have absolute respect for those who don't profess to be Christians and choose to profess whatever they choose to believe or choose not to, as the case may be.

But this thread was my way to make a place where those who do profess to be Christians & love their Brownish coats could raise a glass (spirited or not) & say huzzah to Firefly, their faith & each other.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:53 PM

DARKJESTER


Christian and Browncoat here as well. I actually read more theology than any other subject at the moment. Spong, Crossan, Borg, Ehrman and Armstrong as an opening library list.

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JAYNE "Pain is scary..."

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 2:03 PM

CYBERSNARK


Quote:

Originally posted by DarkJester:
I actually read more theology than any other subject at the moment. Spong, Crossan, Borg, Ehrman and Armstrong as an opening library list.

*scary mental image*



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Thursday, August 10, 2006 2:08 PM

STILLSHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by Cybersnark:
Quote:

Originally posted by DarkJester:
I actually read more theology than any other subject at the moment. Spong, Crossan, Borg, Ehrman and Armstrong as an opening library list.

*scary mental image*



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We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.



Borg!

*has same scary mental image* ROFLU! Ok we really need a ROFL smiley! Because that right there is just plain funny!

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 4:44 PM

RHYIANAN


Another Christian Browncoat checking in

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Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:15 PM

MICJWELCH


I am very much a Christian (LDS to be exact. And yes, Mormons are Christians.). And very much a browncoat.

I don't see the show conflicting with my beliefs. It is about real people in a realistic world doing real things. I feel like Shepard Book sometimes - I see what other people do, and even though I may not approve, I don't fight it. People know what I think even without me saying anything.

I also don't think that Mal's spirituality has much to do with his motivation. I think it was something that Joss Whedon wanted to address later, but didn't get the chance.

Anyway, I don't want to deviate from your lack of agenda. Just sounding off.




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Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:40 PM

GUYWHOWANTSAFIREFLYOFHISOWN


*sounds off*

Browncoat and Christian here!



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Thursday, August 10, 2006 8:00 PM

MAGDALENA

"No power in the 'verse can stop me!"


Just in case you hadn't guessed from my avatar!!!!

I love this 'verse and all that's possible within it... I too felt that Joss had plans for Mal's 'faith issues' in the future and having Shepherd Book on board created higher stakes for everyone. I loved that Book was accepting and didn't preach, except gently when the time was right... I love the family values and the consequences for actions that occour not only in Firefly, but also in Buffy and Angel... I remember when Willow brought Buffy back to life using dark magic I said to my bestest friend "there's got to be repercussions from that" ... and there were!!

It's funny - I work with teenagers a lot, have also read Borg and Spong recently (yeah, actually leading a DVD study with a group from my church featuring them both) and I find a lot of useful things in both Buffy and Firefly to use as 'teaching tools' - you know using excerpts from a show to illustrate a Bible passage/life experience.

I believe that as a Christian my biggest challenge is not to judge others... that is not for me to do... So I get along with most people, unless I actually see them hurting others...

Love this place in the 'Verse! - Magdalena x x

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Friday, August 11, 2006 4:47 AM

MALACHITE


Yep, I'm both Christian and a Browncoat. Someone on this thread brought in some quotes that seemed to imply that one couldn't (or shouldn't) be a Whedon fan and a Christian at the same time. Will it cause too much scandal if I add that I also love the Harry Potter series, too?

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Friday, August 11, 2006 8:08 AM

RUGBUG


Thought I ought to sound off here as I've been making my beliefs pretty well known over in RWE.

Christian and Browncoat as well as Whedonite.

Malachite: My mom certainly thinks I shouldn't like Harry Potter...or Buffy. I just shrug my shoulders and say that's her opinion.

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Friday, August 11, 2006 8:25 AM

STARFIGHTER66


I am catholic and love firefly, I think that the one thing see in firefly is that there is a convergence of religions and that one thing i notice is that while there is violence there is no one fighting over religion. to me religion is a good thing whatever it is that you believe as long as you believe and as long as what you believe hurts no one then it it is a good religion.

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Friday, August 11, 2006 9:44 AM

STILLSHINY


Browncoats is my kinda people!

Christian Browncoat right here.

I know I did this yesterday, but I get to do it again today!

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Friday, August 11, 2006 10:52 AM

AGENTRUSCO


Didn't really feel the need to read this whole thread, but I'll sound off just the same.

As to the content of some of Joss' stuff, I agree that some Christians certainly find it offensive and blastphemous and whatnot. My past roommate is one of these. I however, tend to revel in the storytelling more than the story (in this, I rever to Buffy and Angel) As a writer and lover of sci/fi and fantasy, I can appreciate the creativity and the characterizations.

Anyhow, I feel one of the main purposes of humans is to revel in creativity and draw life lessons from it. That could be kinda a bit off, but I for one will always love Joss' stuff.

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Friday, August 11, 2006 11:23 AM

CITIZEN


Quote:

Originally posted by nvghostrider:
No agenda implied. I am neither as intelligent as Citizen nor as combative as, well, Citizen.

Erm thanks I think. Sorry if I brought down the tone at all, just Dukkati irked me with the bs.



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Friday, August 11, 2006 1:15 PM

CHRISMOORHEAD


Devout Christian, through and through. I've made lifelong religious vows to abstain from alcohol, sex, smoking and psycho-reactive drugs. As it is, I really need to work on not cussing so much.

Anyways, I've tooted my own horn enough. On the subject of our youth being steered towards the occult due to certain pop-culture phenomenon like Buffy, Charmed and so on, I believe that to be totally true. A simple fact is that the more exposure something has, the greater it influences people. Those most easily influenced are people who're confused and unsure about... well, everything. We call them teenagers.

That said, this is not necessarily a negative thing in my mind. I have my own opinions about the occult and those who subscribe to it (negative ones mostly), but part of my Christian belief is that God created man to be free and to decide things for himself. To attempt and tell other people that they're "wrong" is fundamentally un-Christian in my opinion, and to tell them that they're going to hell doubly so since it assumes that we, being wretched sinners ourselves, are somehow divine enough to pass judgment on anyone.

Conversely, I also get very tired of anti-Christianism. Being an able bodied white conservative-Christian male of Anglo-Saxon decent, I am pretty much the antithesis of what would be defined as a "minority". Although I've never once owned a slave, sexually harassed or degraded a woman, killed a pagan or teased the handicapped, I can't seem to find enough people who will hate me for being "at the top". Specifically on the subject of religion, I find it appalling how many people seem to take pleasure in displaying Darwin fishes pissing on Jesus fishes, displaying inverted crosses and more. Although it's certainly your right to do so and I don't believe it should be otherwise, I don't go out of my way to desecrate any sort of paganism, out of respect for other people's beliefs.

Short version: Anyone who targets large scale religion as a particular source of any problem is only helping to add to the division. Furthermore, man has held many more and much larger wars for the sake of wealth, power and land, and I think it can generally be surmised that if any or all of these things ceased to exist, man would find something else to war over instead. It is our nature: to seek greater gain.

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Friday, August 11, 2006 1:35 PM

STILLSHINY


N O A G E N D A. please.

Everyone's entitled to opinions.....this just isn't the place to give them. Please.

Celebrate your Christian faith.
Celebrate your Brown coat.
Keep it Simple.

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Friday, August 11, 2006 1:35 PM

STILLSHINY


N O A G E N D A. please.

Everyone's entitled to opinions.....this just isn't the place to give them. Please.

Celebrate your Christian faith.
Celebrate your Brown coat.
Keep it Simple.

"We had ties that could not be broken, except by the passing of time. Like a rock. A broken time rock. And you're very special to me, my broken time rock people." - Nathan Fillion

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DOUBLE POST......But I think I'll leave it there.



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Saturday, August 12, 2006 9:07 AM

TRAVELER


Quote:

Originally posted by Stillshiny:
N O A G E N D A. please.

Stillshiny:

Good thread. I'm not a Christian. But I have Christian friends and I guess that says a lot about how we can get along if we respect each other.

I know it is hard to discuss such a topic without Agenda creeping in. It happens to the best of us.

It is like asking me to post with just two sentences. Nearly impossible.

But I wanted to give you a bump so others will get a chance to see / read this.

Again, fine work;
Traveler

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Saturday, August 12, 2006 9:40 AM

WINDSTRUCK


Another Christian here.
Roman Catholic.
Baptized and raised as one.
I like the talk of faith and belief in JWs work. Quite subliminal sometimes, that one cannot stop the signal.

When Book talks, I tend to listen quite hard. Maybe it's Ron Glass' voice.





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Saturday, August 12, 2006 10:59 AM

BELUGASMOM


Fascinating thread............I'm not a Christian, so I'll shut up and go away now.

Life is short, brutal, and unpredictable. EAT DESSERT FIRST.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006 12:29 PM

THESOAPBOXER


I fit the criteria for this thread. I'm proud to be both.

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Saturday, August 12, 2006 4:11 PM

JOSSISAGOD


Does it count if I used to be a Christian? If not, Email me at darthjedi384@excite.com to delete this post.

I've walked the world for a while and found another faith that fits me better than Christianity ever did. I've enjoyed Joss's work for BOTH the storytelling AND the "Flubotonam."

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Saturday, August 12, 2006 4:13 PM

RIVER6213


I am a christian. A deep follower of Christ I am.



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Saturday, August 12, 2006 4:53 PM

BAYFILLYZ


Christian Browncoat here and I thank God for stories like Firely, characters like Mal and the gang and creative minds like Joss.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006 1:24 AM

RCAT


Quote:

Originally posted by magdalena:
[B}
I love this 'verse and all that's possible within it... I too felt that Joss had plans for Mal's 'faith issues' in the future and having Shepherd Book on board created higher stakes for everyone. I loved that Book was accepting and didn't preach, except gently when the time was right... I love the family values and the consequences for actions that occour not only in Firefly, but also in Buffy and Angel... I remember when Willow brought Buffy back to life using dark magic I said to my bestest friend "there's got to be repercussions from that" ... and there were!!

I believe that as a Christian my biggest challenge is not to judge others... that is not for me to do... So I get along with most people, unless I actually see them hurting others...




Well said Magdalena. I was raised Christian, won't go into current Pov, but I thought Joss's take in Firefly was very interesting. Not the usual occult stuff (which was fun to explore too)but more "a man looses faith" idea. I liked that the ideals still existed, regardless of specific circumstances.

Sorry for jumping off-topic (along w/ all the others) into the thread.


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Sunday, August 13, 2006 1:29 AM

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Sunday, August 13, 2006 5:14 AM

PURPLEPENGUIN91


I'm a Catholic Christian and a Browncoat. Although, I handle my religion differently then most Catholics, and I tend to be more liberal. Anyway, I agree with what people were saying about the morality and ethics of Joss's shows.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:26 AM

STILLSHINY


Just thought I'd bump this & see what happens.

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