Ecumenicism: Seven Devilish Ways To Block Church Union

When Protestants move from one town to another, the biggest factor in picking a new church is not denomination but nearness. Three-fourths of a group of Staten Island churchgoers, sampled by their local Protestant Council in New York, held no beliefs that would prevent their switching to some other Protestant denomination. Despite this evidence of doctrinal tolerance, church merger negotiations in the U.S. are being quietly balked. At least some of the opposition to church union, argues Methodist Theologian J. Robert Nelson of Oberlin College in the current Theology Today, is so "arbitrary and...

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