Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Doesn't This Sound Like the Religious Mafia? --
The Christian Science Monitor has the headline New organization aims to unite five Christian 'families'. In all seriousness, it's about a new ecumenical organization, Christian Churches Together in the USA. Here's a snippet about past attempts of ecumenism:

Ecumenism has a lengthy history in the United States. The National Council of Churches was founded in 1950 (a forerunner in 1908), and includes mainline Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, and African-American denominations. But the Catholics never joined, and Evangelicals opted for their own National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), which made a rule that members could not also be part of the NCC.

The NCC has emphasized social justice issues, and many Evangelicals have criticized them for being too liberal. The Evangelicals focused on bringing people to Christ and on matters of personal morality.
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