Divisions within denominations:
North American social conservatives and liberals hold conflicting beliefs about many topics with a religious, moral or ethical component. These include: equality of women in the workforce and home, equal rights for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender persons, abortion access, corporal punishment of children, physician assisted suicide, the death penalty, and many other "hot" topics. These differences are naturally reflected within Christian denominations.
Intense conflicts have resulted, particularly within mainline Christian denominations such as Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Methodist churches. Conservatives within these denominations have formed Back-to-Tradition or Renewal groups, which often exist in a state of tension with the more liberal leadership of their denomination.
This series of essays will deal mainly with internal conservative-liberal conflicts within mainline denominations.
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Latest update: 2014-JUN-23
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