Constants and variables 25
Mark Tooley notes
that Disciples of Christ, headquartered in Indianapolis, has predictably roared along with Satan's demolition crew against Indiana's doomed last-ditch attempt to slow down the bulldozer.
I hadn't paid much attention to D of C; it was already lost in the '70s when I attended Phillips. Tooley mentions that D of C is fading even faster than the high-dollar Satanist denominations, while C of C is holding strong and growing slightly.
Strikes me just now that CC and DC form a neat separated-twins experiment. What happens when one twin follows Jesus firmly and the other twin succumbs to the serpent?
Bigger Satanic denominations began in a variety of ways, but most of them have been aristocratic for a long time. They didn't leave a Christian twin behind for comparison.
Obeying the evil rich is exactly why the Anglican monstrosity began, and it has never departed from its original mission. It has always blessed and emulated
the King's evil ways. Others (Presby, Methodist, UCC) began with a serious Christian intent but soon became the money-changers. If there was a twin for any of these, it faded a long time ago.
The Disciples never became a church for bankers. As of 1960, the people of DC and CC were pretty much the same working-class and middle-class Midwesterners. The only noticeable differences were pianos and wine. (CC famously sticks with offkey a-capella and grape juice.) After 1960, DC started to 'rot from the head', led by theologians in the seminaries. This was clearly visible at Phillips when I was there. Most students, and most teachers in regular academic subjects, were indistinguishable from CC types. Parents paid a lot, and they expected to get proper Christian-flavored teaching for their kids. They got exactly that from the math
and physics and English depts, but they got Commie crap and atheism from the "religion" teachers in the seminary.
The fade shouldn't be surprising. When you obey rich fuckheads while claiming to serve normal people, you're bound to fail.