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  •  Many Fewer Than It Seems. (7+ / 0-)

    Basically start for the religious right Protestant side with Southern Baptists, formed in the wake of integration. There are a number of evangelical/fundamentalist denominations that take the same basic anti-science anti-woman anti-Enlightenment racist take-over-the-world stances. Then there are lots of churches that refuse to take a denomination name so they can co-opt the only remaining term of "Christian" for themselves, and they have the same basic philosophy.

    We have to also remember that they've had a formal program of infiltrating liberal denominational churches for decades, to try to take over with their "bible" literalism either by majority or by causing strife that drives moderates and liberals away. So there are many churches of ostensible different philosophy that are zombie Evangelical churches. This happened to 2 of my mother's churches; one fell, the other shook it off but let's just say that the cross in the front yard hasn't been painted in 15 years for lack of funds.

    It also involves having a personal realtime relationship with The Lord; they mostly won't claim to literally converse with Him although it's not unusual for pastors or other leaders to claim it; but signs of His guidance of themselves and especially of their authorities and leaders are as commonly experienced as dirt.

    On the Catholic side the magic is more modestly experienced with artifacts and heavenly middle management (saints and such). There's a lot more approval of science except in matters of gender. This is the only subject the Catholic church will actually fight for, as opposed to issuing mildly-disappointed letters twice a decade, and here they're in lockstep with the Protestant fundies.

    Knowing that big global money is behind them, these 2 major and many minor factions can get along just fine indefinitely.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 09:15:15 PM PDT

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