"In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity." - along with other similar statements, often attributed to St. Augustine and having great influence upon John Wesley
I've been thinking a lot lately about secondary issues within the Christian faith, or non-essentials if you will, and how that affects our dividing from one another over such issues. It seems that many of the problems arise because everybody has differing ideas of what the essentials are. Many elevate secondary - or even lesser or microscopic - issues to that of essential issues. Many believe we shouldn't divide over secondary issues, but do anyway. Some are willing to overlook any categorizing of an essential whatsoever and are willing to accept anybody as a Christian.
Some see a solution to all of this in agreeing upon a basic formulation of the faith, such as the apostle's creed. I tend to agree with this last statement. Although holding a different position on a secondary issue or more shouldn't cause one to place that one outside of Christianity, secondary issues are nonetheless important. Does anybody have some ideas on where a line should be drawn between essential and secondary issues?