Divided by a Common Heritage: The Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America at the Beginning of the New Millennium

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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006 - Religion - 226 pages
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Ecclesiastical introspection can lead to banal, partial analysis. But not in this book from four social scientists who have taken a long and discriminating yet loving look at their own denominations. The Hope College and Calvin College authors of this book care deeply about the traditions, practices, and convictions of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church. Their skillful use of extensive survey information to chart the current positions of the two church bodies offers a model of clarity for scholars of American religion. For members of the CRC and RCA, the book offers sympathetic insight into the present character of both denominations and their prospects for the future. P>-- MARK A. NOLL BR>University of Notre Dame

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Gives an excellent overview of the similarities and differences of two churches with similar roots: the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America.
Based on extensive surveys and
research, the authors break down the existing similarities and differences of these two sister churches, covering everything from basic demographics of male-female ratios to views on homosexuality, biblical interpretations of women's role in church leadership, and the importance of the creeds and confessions that both churches share.
A must-read for anyone in either church who wants to know why these two seemingly similar churches don't just merge together already. The authors raise some significant obstacles to the two churches merging into one organization that reveal some significant differences between the CRC and RCA on what it means to be the church in today's world, what is it that unites a church or denomination together, and how to cooperate with other organizations that hold different beliefs or goals.

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A little history and lots of survey data (mostly from 1999 & 2000) presented in text & tables, by scholars from Calvin and Hope colleges. The authors take an honest look at what divides and unites two ... Read full review


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Corwin Smidt holds the Paul B. Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics and serves as executive director of the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College Donald Luidens is professor of sociology at Hope College James Penning is professor of political science at Calvin College Roger Nemeth is professor of sociology at Hope College

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