When it was published in 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 denominations worldwide; with the amount of debate and division over theology and orthodoxy since then, that number is undoubtedly higher. But is this myriad of denominations a sign of chronic division amongst the church? Or is it, as some argue, the prime example of the church working together as different parts of one body?
Life in Those Old Bones
If you're interested in doing mission, there could hardly be a better tool than denominations.
Divided We Stand
Many are surprised to learn that denominations were created to make peace in the church possible.
When Denominations Divide
The two-century-old Unitarian controversy suggests a grim prognosis for the current crisis in the Episcopal Church
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