scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: "non-denominational"
Bill Nelson (bnelson45@HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 11 2000 - 13:54:49 CDT
On Fri, 11 Aug 2000 09:48:39 -0700, Jim Beyer <kb9ngi@YAHOO.COM> wrote:
>In the context of your church you are welcome to the view
>that it is "non-denominational." In academic circles that
>is considered a denomination.
>Scouting however is not "non-denominational" it is
>"non-sectarian." the precise word in the DRP. The
>difference is that while "non-denominational" is a term
>certain Christian communities apply to themselves and is
>also a word used to describe certain "ecumenical" events,
>"non-sectarian" explicitly includes Islam, Judism,
>Buddists, Hindus, Jains, B'Hai and host of others.
I am not sure how good a defining term non-sectarian is.
My understanding of the definition of non-sectarian is that it
means 'not pertaining to one sect'. It does not say what is or
is not included, only that whatever is referenced as non-sectarian
does not pertain to one particular sect. It could, for example, pertain to only 2 sects and still be non-sectarian.