Denominational Distinctives

Over the last few days, my main concern has been to explore some of what makes Anglican Christianity distinctive. The core beliefs (divinity of Jesus Christ, his resurrection from the dead, acceptance of the Holy Scriptures of the Hebrew and Christian testaments as containing all things necessary to salvation) are held in common with other denominations. But each denomination has its own particular emphases and theological twists.

There is no such thing as a generic Christianity, and it’s always a good thing to be able to articulate the commitments and priorities that make the particular branch of the universal church to which they belong. It’s also good to have some understanding of what people in other traditions mean when they say they are “Christian”.

One always wants to be charitable and open minded that his or her particular denomination probably does not comprehend the whole of what it may mean to be Christian, or to have the only correct interpretation of God’s word and will.

Certainly, Mark Driscoll and the Mars Hill Church are significantly different from what I believe as an Anglican Christian, however loosely affiliated at the moment.


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