For quite a while now, I've been involved with a small group that gets together on Sunday nights and worships, prays, and does an in-depth study of the scripture. The three individuals who more or less develop and conduct the Bible study come from different denominational backgrounds, as well as a career background of writing and teaching Christian theology and doctrine. The group was originally launched by a non-denominational church, but as it has grown and formed over time, it has picked up members from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds. Within its membership are people who belong to Baptist (2 kinds), Nazarene, Catholic, Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Assembly of God, Quaker and Evangelical Presbyterian churches. It's a group of about 25 people right now. The Bible study is very in depth, and on occasion, various perspectives representing specific denominational views, do work their way in, not in an aggressive, pushy sort of way, but for comparison. I've observed two things. One, agreement on what are the essentials of Christian faith, and on those essentials, is virtually unanimous, and two, not a single person in the group has ever stated that they believe their denominational perspective is superior to any other. There is obviously contrast between denominational views on secondary issues and on what I call tertiary issues. Most of that involves a different way of looking at particular passages of scripture, actually, it almost always involves preconceptions rather than an objective look. After a long discussion one night over whether the church is connectional, hierarchial, or congregational in the scripture, one of our Catholic members brought a Catechism of the Church to the next meeting. It was the most thoroughly written interpretation of the subject, with far more Biblical content than anyone else provided. I borrowed the book, and after wading through it, discovered it to be a very well written, detailed, systematic document, with scripture essentially supporting, according to their interpretation of course, every point. It is far more detailed than any systematic theology I've seen from a Baptist or Evangelical author. I don't feel compelled, in this environment, to lay claim to my denomination being closer to the truth than anyone else. When it comes down to it, applying an objective interpretation of scripture virtually precludes such a conclusion. Personal experience and education affects the way scripture is interpreted and evaluated. Different doesn't necessarily mean that one is right and one is wrong, it could very well be that both are wrong, or that there are parts of correct interpretation in both views, not contradictory, just seen differently.