Why does a "one-true" religion require so many excuses?<quoted text>
The success of the American economy is built on a number of factors. I wouldnt put whichever religion is the main one being followed at the top of that list. It seems to me that Americans follow a whole number of religions and within Christianity there are 000s of sects. So you cannot claim that the success of America is down to one religious faction. I think it more likely that it is due to hard work, including the hard work of immigrants inc Mexicans ;), and by having an abundance of natural resources.
South American countries also have an abundance of natural resources. For example, Mexico exports huge amounts of oil to the USA.
In fact, the differences in societies can be seen worldwide, not just in the Americas.
The success of the American economy -- as well as the emerging success of formerly Catholic-majority societies -- have certain things in common. Women's rights is shown to be a major factor.
Bottom line -- the supposed "ONLY TRUE" church was against most of America's Reformation ideals for well over a century. While Protestant/deist societies flourished, traditional Catholic societies remained totalitarian backwaters.
How else can we judge a religion? How do we judge Islam for example?
One real-world, reality-based way is to look at and judge the fruits of that religion.
You willingly choose to live with the fruits of Reformation ideals. I don't blame you. Just stop being a hypocrite.
If you truly believe the title of this board is correct, then walk your talk. If you are skeptical, then stay and enjoy the fruits of the anti-Catholic Reformation and the many anti-Catholic ideals.
The RCC fought democracy for over 100 years. Was Jesus behind that, or is the "one-true" claim nonsense? It can't be both ways.