Even though conflicts within American religion over ordaining homosexuals have received a lot of attention in recent years, and seem to be tearing some denominations apart, the overall level of conflict within congregations is about what it was in 1998, with 26 percent of congregations experiencing a conflict in the last 2 years that led some people to leave. (Interestingly, only 2 percent of congregations in the NCS-II reported a conflict over homosexuality.)
Wow. 26%! And this includes all sorts of Christian denominations throughout the U.S. We are bad to fight. We seem not to have been reading our Bibles.
2% of the 26% (1/13th) of this was about homosexuality. What’s the rest about? You have to figure the role of women and worship styles, as well as old-fashioned internal power struggles.
But whatever the reason, it doesn’t speak well of Christianity.