Numerous times I have seen the number of denominations bandied about with many different viewpoints on the validity of the number (usually 30,000 or more).
What bothers me personally about this number is that it doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual differences in Christian thought. So I want to reframe the question in order to discern better just how many doctrinal differences there are floating around out there.
So - - - -
Just what are the doctrinal differences among the various Christian sects in the Post Reformation Western Church(es)?
How many of these are truly contradictory and how many are more of a matter of understanding, emphasis or “semantics”?
Please make sure that the items posted are actual “Doctrinal beliefs” and not merely practices or “personal devotion” in nature.
Please - Lets keep this civil and let’s learn from each other.
I’ll begin with some of the more obvious differences and hope that I don’t post any errors.
*]The Role of Saints
These are the ones I can think of off hand. Please add any others that I missed.
From this perhaps we can better understand how many different belief systems there Actually are in Wester Christianity.