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Today, what are the broad divisions of Christianity?

Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant

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Reasons for divisions within Christianity: issues of authority

Should scripture be the source of authority? Should there be religious leaders?

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Reasons for divisions within Christianity: traditions

Baptist movement emphasises adult baptism whereas Catholic Churches believe in the sacramental baptism of infants

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Reasons for divisions within Christianity: interpretation

Some denominations focus on a literal reading of scripture, others as the product of fallible, inspired human writers

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How Christian denominations view each other: The Roman Catholic Church

Continuity with the Faith as taught by the apostles e.g. apostolic succession, using same rituals from early Church - baptism and holy communion
If the Church is the body of Christ, a single spiritual entity, there is no room for division
Liberal catholics: closed inclusivist

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Quote for Roman Catholic view of other Christian denominations

Non Catholics are 'separated brethren'- Pope John Paul II

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How Christian denominations view each other: Protestant evangelical Churches

Luther taught salvation is by grace (sola gratia) through faith (sola fides), so Christians are judged by PECs by how they apply principles from the NT
PECs prefer to be self governing communities- based on NT example of the Early Church in the book of Acts. So see hierarchical structures as unbiblical
Exclusivist approach- must commit to Christ

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How Christian denominations view each other: The Church of England

Recognises other Churches as different in matters of worship
General admission that no Church is perfect- willing to work with other Churches e.g. agreements like the ARCIC

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How Christian denominations view each other: Ecumenism

Describes initiatives to promote Christian unity
The Ecumenical Movement originated in the early 20th century
Suggests Christian denominations can work together
The World Council of Churches