I'm curious what the difference is between these two icons used in open street map.

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The cross clearly represents a christian church.

Is the kneeling icon a more general religious icon representing building that isn't necessarily a church and/or christian?

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According to OpenStreeMap wiki, it is a generic symbol for place of worship. As you have "Christian" in the name of your example, religion category of this POI should be set to christian - it is none right now, what can be easily checked using Query feature.

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