Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Friday, December 01, 2006

"I'm a Reformed Northeastern Premilleniallist Conservative Seven-Day Episcopalian!"

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI called Christian divisions a "scandal to the world" while visiting Istanbul, Turkey -- spiritual home to the Orthodox Church. Orthodox and Catholic Christians have been estranged from one another for nearly 1,000 years.

Any quick glance through the New Testament will tell you divisions within Christianity are nothing new. But if you're hankering for a glance at just how divided Christianity has become, take a gander at the Association of Religion Data Archives. The Archives now charts the divisions within various protestant denominations. My favorite "family tree" features the Baptists, which looks like a cross between a spider web and an organizational flow chart from "Dilbert."


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