There is a meeting going on as we speak of a Presbyterian protest group who will soon split off into a new denomination. Maybe some day there will be as many branches of Presbyterians as there are of Lutherans.
And why not. Every group who feels they know absolutely the most lofty of morals, and, who enjoy looking down on lessers should form their own denomination.
The consequences of forming yet another Presbyterian denomination is inconsequential. The Lutherans did it recently.
One thing I’d prefer would be some candor. Those denominations who split off over the gay issue should include “No Gays Allowed” in their names. I’d suggest something like WE-DON’T-LOVE-YOU Lutherans or PLEASE-GO-AWAY-GAYS Presbyterians.
We who are nonbelievers find this splitting up of old denominations a teaching moment. It demonstrates so clearly theology is not something that comes from an independent and objective source, but exclusively from our minds. We take who we are, what our values are and reverse engineer them into them into a belief system. It has always been that way, and, always been denied this is so.
Were it not for these preexisting bias’ and prejudices, it would have been quite easy to resolve the gay issue. Everyone can read the Bible. Since it’s right there in black and white, it should be easy to agree on what it means.
Theology is a growth industry. People are making up new theology everyday to suit their individual needs.