I'm considering asking a series of question that would be a little bit of reference for this site, and might eventually help draw users from search engines. The idea would be to ask the following question for Roman Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Eastern Orthodox, Presbyterians, Mormons, JWs, etc....
Q: What practices or doctrines are considered distinctives for [INSERT GROUP HERE]
This is a community wiki question to help users get a quick overview of the practices and doctrines that make [INSERT GROUP HERE] distinct from other groups of Christians. For each answer, please list one unique theological position or practice that is both unlike many other Christian groups and has a high acceptance rate amongs [INSERT GROUP HERE]. Practices and doctrines should be marks that help identify what larger group a given body of believers adheres to. Practices need not be universal, but should should be typical of the group.
For each practice or doctrine, please give a short title (in bold) followed by a description along with supporting links below. For example:
This denomination celebrates communion on a regular basis. Communion is a ceremony in which believers ingest bread and wine in ...
Here would be a sample answer for Baptists
Baptists reject the practice of infant baptism, believing instead that the symbol of baptism must be an outward manifestation of a personal decision, in which the adherent consciously chooses to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. This is done only once in a believers life, typically sometime between the ages of 10 and 18. This is in contrast to most other groups which baptise children as early as possible, to be followed later by confirmation. Because the decision is made as an adult, there is no confirmation in Baptist practice.
A second might be
Rejection of all Authority beyond the local church
As a highly congregational church, Baptists do not have bishops or a single earthly head. Instead of a church denominational office, Baptists have 'associations' in which churches will freely come together to plan activities (like missions) that benefit from an economy of scale. Baptist representatives meet in conventions (e.g. the Southern Baptist Convention, the Progressive Baptist Association, etc...) that speak to the consensus of the denomination, but decisions are rarely binding on local congregations.
I would tag each question in this series with "denom-distinctive" and make each one a community wiki.
The idea would that this would turn into a nice primer for each group.
Because this invites a list response, I don't want to do this without some support from the community.
The question is, what do you guys think?