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Posted September 15, 2011
This pamphlet saddens me. Jesus prayed that his followers would all be one as He and the Father are one. Denominations fly in the face of that prayer. I know that sometimes, separating is necessary and right. But sadly, separation is often unnecessary and wrong. That being said, Rose here provides a very very good examination of the main denominations within Christendom. Professor Bowman along with research consultant Eric Pement cover 12 of the main denominations dividing them into two groups: 1. Liturgical: Roman Catholic Orthodox Lutheran Anglican (Episcopalian) Presbyterian Methodist 2. Non-Liturgical: Anabaptist Congregational Baptist Churches of Christ Adventist Pentecostal Other groups are covered as well such as Calvary Chapel, CMA, Salvation Army and Vineyard. Also extremely helpful is a two page mini-glossary of 42 terms that are helpful to know and understand when navigating through the intricacies of Christianity's many denominations. My favorite part of this whole pamphlet is the Family Tree of Denominations showing (in a great visual chart form for us thick-headed visual learners) the branches of division from the great Roman/Orthodox schism of 1054 down to today. I highly recommend buying, studying and carrying this pamphlet (fits nicely in most Bibles) as it makes a great conversation starter with someone who asks that classic question: So what's the difference between all these different denominations, anyway?!
I was provided a free copy of this pamphlet from Rose Publishing for a free, unbiased, honest review.