Originally posted by Zander 88
Just curious, how many different branches (Catholic, Lutheran, etc.) are there within the Christian religion?
Where I come from (Livingstone, Zambia) a town of about 100,000 people there are approximately 150 Christian denominations. You may call denominations twigs not branches though.
The truth is that the majority of the members of any given denomination do not agree with every single belief officially promoted by that denomination but if everyone refused to go to Church with anyone with slightly different view points then everyone would go to church alone.
A large part of the differences between denominations is traditions not beliefs.