How’s this for a fundamentalist church?
- In all the action of the church unanimity was considered to be necessary; if any member differed in opinion from the rest, he must either surrender his judgment to that of the church, or be shut out from its communion.
- To join in prayer with any one not a member of the denomination was regarded as unlawful, and even to eat or drink with one who had been excommunicated was held to be wrong.
- To have been married a second time disqualified for ordination, or for continued tenure of the office of bishop.
- Between forenoon and afternoon service every Sunday a church dinner was held at which every member was required to be present.
- Members washed one another’s feet
- Things strangled and blood were rigorously abstained from
- The accumulation of wealth they held to be unscriptural and improper
- Each member considered his property as liable to be called upon at any time to meet the wants of the poor and the necessities of the church.
Sounds very backwards and controlling, especially to modern ears. Modern atheists would have us believe that Christianity of this sort is extreme, and quite anti science.
So let’s see what the most prominent member of the church described above achieved. The below, as above, are quotes from Wikipedia.
- He established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena.
- His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology.
- As a chemist, [he] discovered chemical substances such as benzene, invented an early form of the bunsen burner and the system of oxidation numbers, and popularized terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion.
- He was Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the first, and most famous, holder of this position to which he was appointed for life.
- Some historians of science refer to him as the best experimentalist in the history of science.
- It was largely due to his efforts that electricity became viable for use in technology.
- … one of the most influential scientists in history.
One would have to say, that’s a far more impressive resume than any atheist today possesses.
The man is, of course, Michael Faraday.
His church was the Sandemanian sect.