« Last post by OldChurchGuy on Yesterday at 06:35:32 AM »
OCG,why are there denominations at all? Why can't a Christian simply be a Christian? The need to feel right and/or superior is built right into almost every religion that has ever existed. Christianity,grew out of Judaism,and the inherent thought that they had certain rights/superiority over Judaism. Then Islam grew out of early Christianity,with a bigger and meaner version of the same God.
Those left behind in each of these Yahweh inspired religions are left to battle each other in pockets of religious factions. They ( in all 3 religions ) have killed their own religious brothers over what certain passages mean. It is ridiculous that there are moderate,fundamentalist and zealots in the same religion,never mind 3 differing versions of the same God.
From my perspective, there are denominations because of human nature. We seem to have a strong tribal instinct which allows us to retain individuality while also being part of a like minded group. One could argue that the people participating on this web site are a tribe of atheists. The internet gives the advantage of easy entry and exit as well as anonymity. Yet, there is a tribal identity as like minded atheists compare notes and ideas.
Presuming this tribal identity is a valid idea, should it be replaced? If so, with what? Can it be replaced?