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churchianity

(ˌtʃɜːtʃɪˈænɪtɪ)
n
(Christian Churches, other) censorious loyalty to the church rather than Christianity
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These qualities can change lives for the better-unlike Churchianity's teaching that life is full of struggle and suffering, it can then be a Wonderful journey.
It had abandoned true Christianity for "churchianity" --a falsely pious, formal, conservative style of living and worship mired in the self-serving biases of the well-to-do (Bland, 1973 [1920]; Cook 1985: 192; McKay 2008: 99, 237-9).
Like Colin McKay decades earlier, they drew a distinction between the established church as an institution ("churchianity") and the Christian faith that it imperfectly served.
What is needed is to go beyond this tempest in the tea cup of churches or Churchianity, in order to construct a unified humanity for which alone the SON OF MAN came and taught us to pray: Our Father....., excluding none and embracing all in its ambit to bring about His "Thy kingdom come here on earth" in our globalised world.
Despite all the renewal, I felt I was getting involved in "churchianity" all over again.
When invited to reflect on his relationship with Catholicism today, "Bill" (the actual names of all the participants in this impressive and ambitious study have been disguised) hastens to voice his rejection of certain versions of the "intolerably dogmatic 'Churchianity'" that he characterizes as "ossified and irrelevant" (4).
Again, in my King James bible it says in 1.John 2.23, 'Whoever denies the son does not have the father either' and it is clear that God wants a relationship with us through Jesus and I believe religiosity and "churchianity" to be futile.
The grievous shriveling of our church's membership--50 per cent in the last 50 years--may have something to do with our widespread corruption of the gospel: "God so loved the world," into "God so loved the church." Churchianity is a disabling misrepresentation of Christianity.
Revelations of Christ as proclaimed by Paramhansa Yogananda and presented by his disciple Swami Kriyananda is a very special book which deals with the core of Jesus's basic message with clarity and simplicity, presenting views on Christianity as opposed to 'Churchianity'.
While I like Christianity well enough, I hate Churchianity; as far as I can see every organized church in the world ends by either missing the point and tangling itself in trivialities, or by contradicting the point altogether." (Gresham, February 14, 1956.)
Making a distinction between Christianity based on Christ's teachings and institutionalised religion ('Churchianity'), she insisted 'the church, though professing Christian faith, had descended to the level of popular feeling and backed up the war'.
Boyd wrote about a hypocritical "churchianity," which he associated with a church mind-set "sorely afraid of the senses, yet [it] secretly yearned for the release of pent-up feeling and repressed passion."
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