Do christians believe carbon dating
Can you imagine someone who calls everyone "dude," never learning peoples' real names? If you did know know what borshch is, how can you ask for it?
Wouldn't life be so much simpler if we just all call everyone "dude"? Is borshch really cabbage soup, beet soup, tomato soup, potato soup, carrot soup, or something else? If you know that borshch is a combination of all these, because you learned that word long ago, you would never think of calling borshch anything else.
Other Spiritual Christian (non-Orthodox, folk Protestant, sectarian) groups with origins in Old Russia that resettled in North America (Adventisty, Baptisti, Dukhobortsy,** Evangeliki, Pyatidesyatniki, Shalaputi, Subbotniki, Svobodniki, etc.) are not the focus of this taxonomy, though they were all often called malakan, or Molokan in error.
Old Orthodox faiths (Old Ritualists, staroobryadtsy, Old Believers, staroverie) are raskolniki, not Spiritual Christians, and are often also confused as malakan.
I have been researching the history of Spiritual Christians (folk protestants*), a religio-social movement from Russia, my heritage, since entering college in 1966.
Since then, I found many inconsistencies, errors, myths and misunderstandings published, and in oral histories.
Not knowing alternatives is dangerous in professions where we expect expertise.
I traveled to the Former Soviet Union 5 times (1992, 1997, 2007, 2011, 2015) for more than a year total time, to visit and document Spiritual Christian communities. While visiting nearly 100 Spiritual Christian congregations around the world, differences between the often confused faiths became clear.
My summary findings here and at are updated as time permits.
But you trust the religious elders, journalists and professors who only know one term and definition for ....
the reason I present this Taxonomy — to make sense out of non-sense.