NH Baritone wrote:You're such an optimist about cross-denominational acceptance.
interdenominational pastors' associations in local areas are notoriously hard to organize and maintain because the pastors consider one another as heretics and untrustworthy.
Maybe. Maybe my experience is just different.
Back in the 80s, when our Uniting Church (union of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregationalist) was being renovated, we had our Sunday school in the Anglican church and the new cross was donated by the Roman Catholic church. The Salvation Army helped us out a bit with logistics, too.
Of all of the churches in our community, there was only one that we had trouble with: The local Assemblies of God.
NH Baritone wrote:Ecumenical services are among the least well attended church services.
In my experience, all services that aren't at the usual time and place tend to be poorly attended.
NH Baritone wrote:Watch the Anglican Union disintegrate over the issue of homosexuality.
I haven't been watching that closely, but so far, I haven't seen anyone pull out the "you're not a Christian" line.
NH Baritone wrote:In other words, Christians have a strong history of hating one another.
Even if you have a memory long enough to remember all that, we're still talking about less than a quarter of Christianity's history (the Reformation to around the late 20th century).
Now I'm not claiming that Evangelicals don't hate Catholics. Many, if not most, surely do. But few of those who are in charge would say outright that a Roman Catholic isn't a Real Christian(tm) just by virtue of being Catholic. They would admit, at least, that it depends on the Roman Catholic in question.
As for the Obama thing... look, I'm not American, and I don't pretend to understand that. But I have a feeling it's the same motivation as who think he isn't a US citizen. Those who don't call Romney a Christian are at least on a bit firmer ground, since his religion is, at the very least, not one of the "main streams" of Christianity.