Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Recently it has been brought to my attention that my understanding of the term "nondenomenational" and other understandings of this word may not be synonemous. I plead ignorance and lack of proper research; therefore, improper usage of the term. All my life, nondenomenational was affiliated with the description of an institution or grouping that is not affiliated with a particular denomenation of the Christian faith. This would include such groupings as the Presbyterian, Lutheran, Church of Christ, Church of God, Pentecostal, Bible Church, Baptist, Methodist, etc. Where my etc. ends the previous list, other understandings see it as just a beginning. I was informed that nondenomenational is a term used to describe ALL RELIGIONS. My statement to the person making this claim was, "oh, you mean like Unitarian." She then, states, "no, because Unitarian is a Christian faith." I decided not to debate this issue with her at the moment because we were pressed for time. I need your feedback. Is nondenomenational a description of all institutions who believe in God as the ultimate Creator and believe Christ to be essential to salvation, yet maintain different approaches to worship, government, and practice? Or is nondenomenational referring to all religious institutions that organize for group worship?