A cracking novel I read a while back made a claim about there being a ridiculously high number of christian denominations in the world. As the novel was a parody, I assumed the figure being quoted was for comic effect. It was when I was rummaging through the cupboard recently searching through Tindersticks for the copy of Kathleen that featured at the beginning of the week that I came across all of my 7″ singles by The The (of course my vinyl is filed alphabetically).
The fact that one of the 7″ singles has an excellent and fairly rare remix on its b-side is the sole reason for featuring it today. But it also acted as a reminder to check out the number of christain denominations. So I fired up wiki.
41,000 is the estimate.
Admittedly, many of the 41,000 have just a handful of followers but it is still a mind-boggling number and this link will give you an idea of just how many christian religions there are out there….all, more or less, proclaiming theirs is the one true way.
Even those who preach the word of god admit that the denominationalism is usually the outcome of conflict and confrontation. And that’s scary enough without considering the fights that break out as a result of disagreements over different religions.
mp3 : The The – Armageddon Days Are Here Again (radio edit)
mp3 : The The – Armageddon Days Are Here Again (orchestral version)
From 1989. It reached #70 in the UK singles chart. You won’t be surprised to hear it didn’t get much in the way of airtime.
The single version features the god-like genius of Johnny Marr.
Is it fair to say that he would feature in any list of the top 41,000 guitarists in the world?