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  • F.A.Q: History of ALT.MESSIANIC

    The History of the Usenet Newsgroup ALT.MESSIANIC

    1. How did alt.messianic originate?
    2. What is the purpose of alt.messianic?
    3. Why is this group called alt.messianic?

    1. How did alt.messianic originate? - Top

    In 1985 a group of Rabbinic Jews at City University of New York and Hebrew University at Tel Aviv began a campaign to remove a Jewish Christian, Joe Applegate, from the net. Since Mr. Applegate was the postmaster at his site (csm.colorado.edu) they had no success through their email efforts. Upon learning that he was an employee of the State of Colorado, they contacted the Colorado State Attorney's office claiming that Mr. Applegate was a State employee preaching Nazi propaganda from a State owned computer. Mr. Applegate was then asked by the President of his institution to cease his activities on the net, but it was agreed that he could continue those activities on a site not associated with the Colorado School of Mines.

    Mr. Applegate than began to proclaim the gospel to the Jews from a public access site located at a private university and seminary (nyx.du.edu). The postmaster at that site, a secular Jewish math professor named Andrew Burt, began receiving hundreds of messages per week condemning Mr. Applegate's presence on soc.culture.jewish, including the same old lie that proclaiming Y'shua was Nazi propaganda. After several conversations with Professor Burt, and his won conversation with the President of CSM (also a secular Jew) it was agreed that the best solution to this problem was the formation of a newsgroup specifically for Mr. Applegate and several other Jewish Christians who had been driven off of s.c.j.. After a limited discussion on s.c.j. it was agreed that alt.messianic would be created as a place for the discussion of Messianic Jewish issues. - Updated: November 5, 2004

    2. What is the purpose of alt.messianic? - Top

    1. To provide a place for the free discussion of Jewish Christianity.
    2. To provide a place for fellowship between Jewish and Gentile Christians interested in Jewish Christianity
    3. To allow a place for Jews and Christians to discuss the identity of Messiah in peace and civility
    4) To allow a place for biblical and historical polemics with regard to Jewish and Christian issues. - Updated: November 5, 2004

    3. Why is this group called alt.messianic? - Top

    The majority of Jewish Christians identify themselves as Messianic Jews, Jews which have found their Messiah in Y'shua (Jesus). This newsgroup identifies itself with that name in order to set itself apart from other Jewish newsgroup on the Usenet.
    - Updated: January 29, 2011