I found this on the blog of Ed Stetzer (http://www.edstetzer.com/assets_c/2011/09/perception1.html). What do you think?
While there is always some exceptions to the norm, I do think there is some truth to the images. A few quick observations. First, it seems that every group image of itself is positive while it views the other group with some sense of negativity. Second, I wish that the Eastern Orthodox Church would have been included but I didn’t create the image-chart. Third, I also assume that my own tribe, the Churches of Christ and the larger Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement fits within the broad label of “Evangelical”.
Finally, I wonder how much of our suspicious to outright negative view of the other groups is from our lack of truly getting to know Christians outside of our own group? As a minister, I have had the privilege of interacting with a number of Christians from different denominations and tribes other than my own. For the most part, that has been a positive experience and I have learned that what I was taught about those other groups and what is was very different. That’s one reason why my definition of “church” has widened considerably over the years.