Do Denominational Disagreements Falsify Christianity?
by J Warner Wallace
A common objection to Christianity focuses on the denominational differences existing between the numerous Christian sects we see across the globe. If there is one Christian God, why are there so many different denominations of Christians? Does the existence of numerous (and contradictory) versions of Christianity prove Christianity is false? If Christians can’t even agree on what they believe, why should anyone else believe Christianity is true?
Truth, by its very nature, is often elusive and difficult to ascertain. The more hidden or complex the truth claim, the more difficult it is to determine, given our limited capacity as humans. To make matters worse, our innate, fallen qualities of pride and rebellion cause us to disagree and separate from one another along the way. Christians are not alone in their struggle to understand the truth. We aren’t the only people who struggle with disagreement and separation:
Human Disagreement is Common to Every Field of Study
Very few fields of study are characterized by uniform agreement. As an example, secular scientists who study the origin of the universe have divided into a number of theoretical camps, including “Big Bang” Cosmologists, “Steady State” Cosmologists, “Conformal Cyclic” Cosmologists, “Ekpyrotic” Cosmologists, “Multiverse” Cosmologists, “Pre-Big Bang Theory” Cosmologists, “Quantum Theory” Cosmologists and many more. These careful thinkers are examining the same set of facts, yet have separated in disagreement with one another, even though they agree on many essential issues…
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