View Poll Results: Which denomination of Christianity to you belong to, or were you raised in?

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    6 9.23%
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    I was raised non-denominational protestant and then chose later on to become a catechumen in the Orthodox Church four years ago. I'm teeter-tottering between Orthodoxy and Catholicism now, trying to discern their truth claims to being the "original".

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    Born Lutheran (Nondenominational?), became Southern Baptist around age 12.
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    Roman Catholic on the traditional side

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coillearnach View Post
    I was raised non-denominational protestant and then chose later on to become a catechumen in the Orthodox Church four years ago. I'm teeter-tottering between Orthodoxy and Catholicism now, trying to discern their truth claims to being the "original".
    Well, historically both Churches were founded by apostles, so they're all originals. They used to be the same thing, but grew apart in their customs over centuries. Same with the Coptics and the Armenian Church by the way. I think they're all very ideologically inconsistent, but whatever criteria you want to use, originality is really a tough one. The apostles didn't build a church hierarchy, they expected the world to end before they reached old age. They created hundreds of small, completely independent communities. There is no original central authority. It took over 200 years before either side even claimed to have authority over the others.
    Apfelstrudel mit Vanilleso▀e, yeah I said it, what are you gonna do?

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    I was raised Lutheran, but feel I am pretty much non denominational in thought. I don't believe any one group has all the answers, Christian or not.

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    I wasn't baptised and was raised in a secular household, although my parents are both from presbyterian backgrounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermˇ­r View Post
    I wasn't baptised and was raised in a secular houseland, although my parents are both from presbyterian backgrounds.
    Church of Scotland or Free Church? Just curious./

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredericus Rex View Post
    Church of Scotland or Free Church? Just curious./
    CoS, although I'd wager that most of the idiots in the west of Scotland who claim to be ardent "proddies" (protestants) wouldn't know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Well, historically both Churches were founded by apostles, so they're all originals. They used to be the same thing, but grew apart in their customs over centuries. Same with the Coptics and the Armenian Church by the way.
    It's not so much who was the original, but who is still the original, for me. It's much more than customs that divide the two churches (Catholic and Orthodox), but a theological chasm. The Oriental Orthodox are a little bit different in that there has been a theological gap but now for a lot of Eastern Orthodox leaders and theologians it seems to be a failure of communication rather than an actual breach in the Faith.

    The apostles didn't build a church hierarchy, they expected the world to end before they reached old age. They created hundreds of small, completely independent communities. There is no original central authority. It took over 200 years before either side even claimed to have authority over the others.
    I can't say I agree with this one, because the church did evolve over time into the hierarchies we recognize and they weren't all completely independent, they interacted with each other to some degree. Catholics would disagree that there wasn't an original central authority on Earth, that would be St. Peter, the first Pope (in their view), and outside his primacy that of St. Paul. Orthodox would probably claim that it was the faith of St. Peter and the authority of the entirety of the Apostles of which Peter was chief representative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I think they're all very ideologically inconsistent, but whatever criteria you want to use, originality is really a tough one.

    Would you mind to elaborate on your accusation of ideological inconsistency? In which manner are these Churches East and West inconsistent?

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