GKC: We already discussed this above. The national denominations of Catholicism may not actually differ so widely that they should be considered 236 separate kinds of belief. I'm readily able to concede this, as I did before.
You should also concede that, within Catholicism, there are hundred or thousands of interpretations. Different versions of god, of god's abilities, of an afterlife, of souls, of exclusivity of religion, of abortion, of homosexuality, of birth control, and on and on.
My point was only that wild divergence in religion doesn't point to a successful intervention, but to a man-made religion. I wish you would stop harping on the point that the Roman Catholic church is one religion. It is *not* constituted by one belief set. There are countless Catholics who disagree. You should concede this. It is easily apparent from this forum alone.
Also, stop insulting me. Surely, as a Christian, you are beyond this? I find divine simplicity to be an contradiction-in-terms, and your 'expert' on the subject did nothing more than mock me for a paragraph. I have talked with sophisticated theologians and clergy members who belong to top seminaries and religious organizations (some of whom, like the Archbishop of Canterbury find your idea of divine simplicity absurd as well) and I don't need to be treated like a child merely because this is your home turf. If you fail to explain or justify your arguments to me, don't blame me for having 'no grasp of the terminology'. I am capable of understanding your terminology, *and* of disagreeing with it.
The hubris is too much - I'd ask you to calm your tone down. I'm being substantially more polite here.
Those are not national denominations of Catholicism. They are (mainly) ethnically derived particular Churches within Catholicism.
However many interpretations one might find within Catholicism, if the matter involved is anything other than adiaphora
, then it represents a failure to be, in fact, Catholic. What is being counted in that survey is not doctrinal distinctions, per se, but organizational distinctions, within countries.
The idea of Divine simplicity is not mine. I merely understand the basic concept. I rejoice that you grasp the terminology. I simply see no sign of any evidence of same.
As to my tone, it is what it is. I account it reasonably even. Certainly not emotional, while necessarily being judgmental, as to your performance.
It is not, in fact, my home turf. I'm a guest here.