1. a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination
    he condemned religious sectarianism
  2. the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
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How To Use denominationalism In A Sentence

  • With denominationalism on the rise, the Presbyterians established their own Board of Foreign Missions in 1837, and many other denominations followed suit.
  • The third option, the one in fact embraced by most religiously affiliated people in the US, is what I think is called "denominationalism" - the idea that different religious organizations are just different consumer products. GetReligion
  • In these ways, denominationalism has become less significant as a basis for social and cultural tensions and divisions… As the population has become better educated, denominational barriers have ceased to function as hermetic categories of religious identification.37 American Grace
  • Noxiously resistant to territorialism and denominationalism. The Next Generation of Global leaders
  • We may well be in the midst of a generation that wants little to do with denominationalism.
  • This attempt at definition is what Charles Ellis, in responding to O Connell, calls "denominationalism" — it's a second-order process of differentiation from the other varieties of the dominant religious tradition. Philocrites: July 2002 Archives
  • He looked like he was a pastor of a church somewhere, but you couldn't tell; there were no signs or marks of denominationalism upon him.
  • With Christians moving from church to church for whatever reasons, and the decreasing emphasis on denominationalism, it is not unusual to find within a a single congregation, many different theological stands. Archive 2010-01-01
  • What is their new vision of the ecumenical future, and can it be accommodated within the old wineskins of denominationalism?
  • Richard Carrier: I predict Evangelicals and Catholics (and Mormons and Baptists and everyone else) will not be able to arrest the current trend in younger generations toward liberal non-denominationalism and the abandonment of the entire church-sermon model that Christianity has maintained so far. Interview with Richard Carrier
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