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denominationalism

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The tendency to separate into religious denominations.
  • noun Advocacy of separation into religious denominations.
  • noun Strict adherence to a denomination; sectarianism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tendency to divide into sects or denominations; specifically, the inclination to emphasize the distinguishing tenets of a religious denomination, in contradistinction to the general principles adhered to by the whole class; a denominational or sectarian spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A denominational or class spirit or policy; devotion to the interests of a sect or denomination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The division of one religion into separate groups, sects, schools of thought or denominations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
  • noun a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination

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Examples

  • The third option, the one in fact embraced by most religiously affiliated people in the US, is what I think is called "denominationalism" - the idea that different religious organizations are just different consumer products.

    GetReligion

  • This attempt at definition is what Charles Ellis, in responding to O Connell, calls "denominationalism" — it's a second-order process of differentiation from the other varieties of the dominant religious tradition.

    Philocrites: July 2002 Archives

  • This attempt at definition is what Charles Ellis, in responding to O Connell, calls "denominationalism" — it's a second-order process of differentiation from the other varieties of the dominant religious tradition.

    Philocrites: Making it up.

  • In these ways, denominationalism has become less significant as a basis for social and cultural tensions and divisions… As the population has become better educated, denominational barriers have ceased to function as hermetic categories of religious identification.37

    American Grace

  • With Christians moving from church to church for whatever reasons, and the decreasing emphasis on denominationalism, it is not unusual to find within a a single congregation, many different theological stands.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Noxiously resistant to territorialism and denominationalism.

    The Next Generation of Global leaders

  • Get away from denominationalism and focus on Christianity.

    Presbyterians face gap between leadership needs and leadership pool | RELIGION Blog | dallasnews.com

  • Richard Carrier: I predict Evangelicals and Catholics (and Mormons and Baptists and everyone else) will not be able to arrest the current trend in younger generations toward liberal non-denominationalism and the abandonment of the entire church-sermon model that Christianity has maintained so far.

    Interview with Richard Carrier

  • A recent series of articles and short video documentaries [complete list here] at the website Talk To Action, which analyzes the intersection of religion and politics, has focused on connections of Palin's churches to that movement and begun to map out the barely-noticed yet rapidly growing, international move among fundamentalist Christianity, away from Christian denominationalism and towards a type of hyper-fundamentalism bent on achieving worldly power. more on Third Wave/New Apostolic Reformation

    Bruce Wilson: In '05 Video, Pastor Anoints Palin, Says Christians Should "Infiltrate" Government, Schools, Business

  • I'm not convinced that denominationalism isn't as potentially divisive as the Jew/Gentile split of the early church, tho it is a reality of church life in our day, and denominations do exist for very good reasons...

    Unition - Is It Possible?

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