Church History in Plain Language: The Death of the Denominations
In his readable book, “Church History in Plain Language,” Bruce Shelley writes briefly about the history of denominations. He puts their origins in the mid-1700’s although the theory may have its roots among Puritan leaders in England and the USA 100 years earlier. Robert Webber adds further insight by connecting “denominationalism” to various interpretations of Scripture. “The Bible became the object of study and could now be interpreted by individuals in conflict with previous institutional understandings,” Webber notes. Shelley observes that no one back then could have imagined how many faith groups would be formed using this type of organizational structure. With this kept in mind, here is an outline for a structured conversation that we believe should be taking place among clergy and lay leaders who have an interest in the present and future viability of their denominational system.
John Kissinger [01/31/2016 7:46 AM]
John Ruffle here’s some more http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/death-of-denominations/