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The Social Sources of Denominationalism by H. Richard Niebuhr
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Despite the academic-sounding title, this is a passionate
work. It argues that the distinct Christian churches
(Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholic, ad infinitum) prove the
church's ethical failure. Sects form because existing
churches become an entrenched middle-class institution and
abandon the poor who founded them. The church has thus
come to mimic the social and economic divisions in the
society at large, rather than speaking with the single
voice of Christ. To truly teach Christ's word, says
Niebuhr, the churches will have to rediscover their true
unity.
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