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Christianese and Shibboleths as Roadblocks to Faith and Brotherhood

Here is an excerpt of a blog entry I posted at the ChristianPost.  It was probably a good time to poke the boys at Godisimaginary.com in the ribs, anyway.  I know, cheap thrills.

In Judges 12, the Gileadites find a way to distinguish between friend and foe by compelling captured refugees to say the word ‘Shibboleth.’  Evidently, Ephraimites couldn’t pronounce it correctly, saying instead ‘Sibboleth.’  Those that said that latter were struck down while those who said the former were allowed to pass.

‘Shibboleths’ abound in society, including among Christians.  Unfortunately, even among Christians, a Shibboleth isn’t simply a quick … continue reading...