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The Black Guardian

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Piotr W.

Subj: Re: Question regarding Christians in the States...
Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2007 at 09:12:35 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Question regarding Christians in the States...
Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2007 at 06:19:33 am EST

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> Sorry my horrible sense of humor. I wasn't implying that you were afraid of them. (I'm not fond of most of them personally but that's another thread). I just thought it was amusing that american christians seemed so alien to you that you needed to know what they wear.

Well, it's not like they seemed "alien" to me - but I tend to believe that there *are* some differences between Christians from America and from Poland. For once, in America there are a lot of various denominations, with sometimes very different views on some matters. Meanwhile, Poland is currently mostly a Catholic country - and the Catholic Church is, in my opinion, "a middle of the road" when it comes to conservatism etc. So, there are some religion-related issues in your country that are non-existant here... For example, the evolution-creationism debate seems to be much more intense in your country than in mine. Also, coming back to the clothing issue, I have *never* met anybody in my country that would advocate that kind of dress I linked to. I don't think that any Christian in Poland has such strong opinions about clothing... So, seeing an American proposing such dress really surpised and interested me.

So, it's not about me feeling that American Christian are "completely alien" to me... It's more about noticing some details that sets them apart from Christians from my country.

> Like Deborah mentioned you can see what they wear on television. Granted you don't live in America but I'm sure your television shows enough of our culture which is mostly christian.

True, although learning about a culture from its televisions shows can be tricky. I'd say some of those shows do not show the reality exactly the way it is... For example, I think that learning about Poland from our TV series (many of which are not-too-believable soap operas...) would not give a proper image of the country \:\-D

> Granted that's a little one sided to assume that everyone gets American television programs but I sort of assumed most people do.

No problem - we *do* get a lot of American TV series. Which is fine, as many of them are very good (I'm a great fan of "Lost" and "Prison Break" myself). Although I wish that the cultural exchange was more two-way and there would also be Americans watching Polish TV, movies etc...

> It's nothing you need to apologize for. I was poking fun but it didn't bother me. But for the record I would say most American christian women do not wear the clothes you showed. But the thing is there are so many of them you can't really say American Christians wear this or that. It's like asking what do white people or black people like to wear. It's too broad a question.

OK, I understand now... You see, that might another of those little things that are different between our cultures. As I said, my country is mostly Catholic (about 90% of the population), so it's much easier to make some generalizations.

> I grant I probably know next to nothing about your culture \:\(

I'd be happy to provide some info, if you're in need, then \:\-D

> > Like Deborah mentioned you can see what they wear on television.
> > Granted you don't live in America but I'm sure your television
> > shows enough of our culture which is mostly christian.
>
> True, although learning about a culture from its televisions shows
> can be tricky. I'd say some of those shows do not show the reality
> exactly the way it is... For example, I think that learning about
> Poland from our TV series (many of which are not-too-believable soap
> operas...) would not give a proper image of the country \:\-D

I would definitely agree with this when it comes to the situations and subject matter on our TV series, but not so much when it comes to fashion, especially on our network television.

For instance (choosing this example because I'm watching it right now), I don't know any hospital in our country that would tolerate a doctor like House, and although there are technical advisers, the situations are extreme, but his and the other characters on House dress appropriately. The situations in our sitcoms may be outlandish and exaggerated, but generally, the characters dress "normally."
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