Over the last 2 years of blogging, I have learned much more about the variety of Christians that exist. Due to this learning, I have a post which considers “My Favorite Kind of Christian” which I constantly update. I am fortunate to have several personal Christian friends and on-line Christian friends who hold almost all the qualities I list on “my favorites” list.
But I must say that my MOST IMPORTANT favorite Christian trait is Non-Exclusivity — a Christian who does not feel that non-believers are going to necessarily have a different fate than themselves after death. In theology, this position is called one’s “soteriology”.
There are two qualities that I feel natural flow from a non-exclusive soteriology:
- an open view of others (women, homosexuals, other races).
- a missionology where the believer seeks to serve others well before they even contemplate converting others.
Following in second place of favorite Christian traits behind Open Soteriology (along with its tolerance and kindness) is a strong value for science. I would hold these traits as my favorite for all religions. All other theological issues (unless I have missed something) fall far behind in the theological pack. For I care not what a person calls themselves, but how they live and how they use their thoughts and beliefs to anchor and connect their lives.
Question to Atheists: What are your favorite types of Christians?
Question to Theists: What are your favorite type of Atheists?