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Today in America, there are more than 1500 different faith groups professing many diverse and conflicting beliefs. It would be an understatement to say that Christianity is a severely divided faith. You get an idea of just how many denominations there are when you view this national directory for Christian denominations.
75% of all North Americans identify themselves as Christian, with the United States being one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. Most of the Christians in America belong to either a mainline denomination or the Roman Catholic Church.
There are numerous ways to dissect the many Christian faith groups. They can be separated into fundamentalist or conservative, mainline and liberal groups. They can be characterized by theological belief systems such as Calvinism and Arminianism. And lastly, as we will see, Christians can be categorized into a vast number of denominations.
Originally posted by Zerbst
reply to post by XXXN3O
... Our differences are being exploited as something fearful when they really only make us unique. We should be sharing them, but the trend lends more to condemning and eradicating?
Originally posted by XXXN3O
I think diversity is what makes mankind special, it allows us to progress, we need differences and we should embrace them rather than oppose them.
1. progress is the direct result first and foremost of collaboration & communication; second to those 2 are competition and desire; and last of all is need. Truly consider the role Diversity played in the discovery of electricity, or of the atom, or in the invention of the radio, the telephone, the television, the computer, the airplane, or the internet; Maybe I'm dense, but I for one just cannot see the role diversity played in the technological progresses made in the past 150 years.
It's a nice thought, to think that because we are different, we have progressed, but IMHO the exact opposite is true. Had we all spoken the same language, believed the same things, and maybe even had the same color skin, we would be MUCH MUCH more further advanced than we are. Diversity has actually held us back. WHY? Because diversity has us killing each other, and it takes TIME,EFFORT, and CONCENTRATION to consider HOW to keep YOUR GROUP surviving, and EVERY OTHER GROUP down. (Please don't confuse what I'm saying here as supportive of living in the backwoods with your cousin-wife)
Diversity of skills within a Team is NOT the same as social diversity. Beliefs, ethnicity, class, are NOT skills. And usually, team building is an excercise performed for the sake of meeting a set of common goals; technological inventions (at least that is MY definition of TRUE progress) is never achieved by a team trying to meet a goal.