Talk:Denominationalism

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I don't think this final sentence is entirely true of the Eastern Orthodox Church:

Administrative separation[edit]

In these "denominations", it is not possible to have a "purely administrative" separation, and any such attempts automatically are a type of schism.

This would be true of the Roman Catholics, since they are administratively united under a single Pope, and to not be is to not be Catholic, etc. The Eastern Orthodox Church is a communion of administratively separate orthodox churches; they don't share a single pope, patriarch, standing council, or any other administrative body that they're all subject to, at least humanly speaking. Their united with each other in faith (including credal and doctrinal statememts) and practice, and by the mutual recognition among the patriarchs and metropolitans of the various jurisdictions. So administrative separation is fine; it's the "branch theory" of Protestantism that makes allowances for fundamental doctrinal differences, that Orthodoxy rejects. Now, is there a good NPOV way to incorporate this in the article? Other discussion first? Wesley 17:34, 5 Jan 2004 (UTC)

I tried editing it as per your suggestion, which was certainly proper and correct. I still think we need to keep the Eastern Orthodox listed because, though they may not techncically be a distinct denomination (or group thereof), the public certainly has that perception. But I'm certainly open to other ways of doing it.

"Pentecostals" as a denomination?[edit]

I think it is more accurate to speak of "Pentecostals" as a category of denominations, including the United Pentecostal Church International, the Assemblies of God, the Church of God in Christ, and many others. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.132.54.222 (talk) 14:17, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Protestant primacy[edit]

A common criticism of denominationalism is that it tends to create a Protestant primacy in Christianity, leaving the large and historic Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox institutions as mere sects among a vast college of fairly recent Protestant denominations. In fact, the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox have countered this by enhancing ecumenical efforts in a way that leaves Protestants out in the cold. The recent clarification on subsistit in and the declaration of Ravenna assert that the two Churches are in fact one Church in Christ with the bishop of Rome as its visible leader, while Reformation Churches are mere ecclesial communities which do not have a valid priesthood and an acceptable apostolic succession. ADM (talk) 05:27, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Really?[edit]

Does the term even exist? It's easy to add an +al and then an +ism to create new words, such as infantilism, but that doesn't prove that it is a term. If it's just a derived word, the proper place is Wiktionary, not here. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 07:40, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Maybe:
but the definition isn't like this article. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 07:45, 14 March 2012 (UTC)