End of ADS-L Digest - 27 Feb 1996 to 28 Feb 1996 ************************************************ There are 19 messages totalling 880 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. child of god (3) 2. GAY (Changes to the English Language) (3) 3. Oxymorons 4. child of God (2) 5. koofer 6. Child of God 7. Addition to Web Pages (4) 8. Bounced Mail 9. 10. Question: regional volubility 11. gaycat, gay ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 00:02:57 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: child of god In response to Beth's query, >Is the assertion, "I'm a Child of God" new? Does it mean baptized? >Reborn? Is it limited to Protestants? Subgroups of Protestants? >Is it only American? The Children of God were a cult group, a Christian sect with as I recall rather idiosyncratic doctrines and practices, back in the '70's. My memory of them is mostly due to a linguist friend who linked up with them and then died under somewhat mysterious circumstances, so I might be being uncharitable, although I should acknowledge that I don't trust even mainstream religious groups all than much. "Child of God" sounds like a back-formation to me, but then that would be the singular, wouldn't it? I don't know if the asserter in question was in fact (purporting to be) a member of this group or just meant s/he was in fact a (lower-case) child of God. Larry