In any case, Solovyov's thinking in this respect may be said to function inside the limits of mainstream Christianity
and of Neoplatonic traditions.
It appeared that there was no place in mainstream Christianity
for the spiritual explorations to which he felt himself called.
Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century" is a look at major figures in mainstream Christianity
who, according to author Hank Hanegraaff, are destroying modern Christianity by corrupting its verse to their own purposes, and departing wildly from the message of Christ.
In addition, Arians trace their ejection from mainstream Christianity
to the Council of Constantine in 381; Assyrians (Nestorians) split off as a result of the Council of Ephesus fifty years later; then in 451 the Council of Chalcedon adopted positions on the person of Christ that were incompatible with the distinctive theologies of groups that became known as the Oriental Orthodox: the non-Chalcedonian Armenians, Copts, Ethiopians, Indian Orthodox, and Syrians (Jacobites).
Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers reveals the truth about the religious and spiritual sides of America's founders, many of whom had belief systems that were much more complicated than the mainstream Christianity
of the era.
The Easter calendar is just one of several major issues that have separated the two wings of mainstream Christianity
And despite the institutional church's long history of involvement in politics, secrecy and subterfuge, mainstream Christianity
has consistently argued that there are no theological secrets required for salvation.
Persons who would like to explore the bases for spiritual experience outside mainstream Christianity
will enjoy this well-written book, in which Horgan guides readers through an extensive array of perceptions.
Through this analysis, Hurtado wants to make three main points: 1) devotion to Jesus emerged at the beginning of the Christian movement, not as a secondary stage of development; 2) the intensity and diversity of this devotion to Jesus has no analogy in the religious environment of the time; and 3) this devotion to Jesus, which included reverencing him as divine, occurred within a stance of exclusivist monotheism, especially among the precursors of mainstream Christianity
One legitimate counterpoint is that during the last 500 years mainstream Christianity
has evolved to embrace tolerance and religious freedom.