- PC(USA) ordains women and the PCA does not;
- PCA adheres to biblical literalism and the PC(USA) does not;
- PCA is "pro-life" and PC(USA) is "pro-choice";
- PCA considers homosexuality a sin and the PC(USA) does not;
- PCA adheres to a traditionalist Reformed theology and the PC(USA) does not;
- PCA is committed to evangelism and the PC(USA) is not;
- PC(USA) generally places more authority in the higher councils of the church while PCA is more grassroots; and
- PC(USA) accepts theistic evolution while the PCA does not.
A couple of thoughts: first, it really is better that we are two separate denominations. We have relatively little in common in so many crucial ways, and about the best we can do with each other is exhibit some degree of tolerance of each other while equally believing that the "other" just doesn't get it when it comes to faithfully following Christ. Second, perhaps in the larger scheme of things the reality of having two denominations so different at so many points is a strength rather than a weakness. People in general are very different, and in faith as in everything else one size does not fit all. This isn't a cause of celebration, but it does recognize the fact that the Spirit has to move in us where we are and in ways that we can hear. It moves liberal Presbyterians in ways that conservative Presbyterians simply can't accept and vice versa, always pushing and prodding us in the direction of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is not a race. We all make it there or none of us make it. Amen.