[Tagging] Denominations vs religions organisations

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sun Jan 17 15:37:40 UTC 2021

Yes, I also would not wake up the sleeping gods.
Also I would use the operator tag, as there are cases that a church is
operated by one denomination, but used by several of them.
The biggest example I am aware of is the "Evangelische Kirche in
Deutschland" which is comprised of some 20 participant church
organisations, who operate their church buildings together in the sense
that the functions are held according to the rites of the denomination that
owns the church building, but the functions are attended by members of all
denominations. In many cases even the members of these denominations are
not aware of which one they belong. Essentially in Germany the two largest
denominations would be "evangelisch" or "protestantisch" (which is
different from "evangelical" in the US sense of the word) and


On Sun, 17 Jan 2021 at 13:55, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 17 Jan 2021 at 00:38, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> I would instead recommend using the tag operator
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:operator>=* for the name of the
>> church organisation, and keep denomination
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:denomination>=* for the larger,
>> commonly-used category like "sunni", "presbyterian", "pentecostal",
>> "mormon", etc.
> Within each of the broad categories you happen to think of as being true
> denominations are organizations which insist that they are the only ones
> who are doing it right and that all the others within that broad category
> are doing it wrong.
> This proposal of yours is likely to start the kind of argument that is
> commonly known on the intertubes as a "religious war."  I'd
> recommend letting sleeping gods lie.
> For those who think everything I wrote was just tongue-in-cheek
> humour, I think your proposal is a bad idea.  Hint: "Yours isn't
> a proper denomination, it's merely an offshoot of this broader
> category your denomination dismisses as heretical."  There are
> a lot of denominations, live with it.
> --
> Paul
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