Why are there so many Christian denominations? To answer this question, we must first differentiate between denominations within the body of Christ and non-Christian cults and false religions. Presbyterians and Lutherans are examples of Christian denominations.
Christian Denominations For the first thousand years of Christianity, there were no denominations within Christianity as there are today.
Various offshoot groups certainly existed, but most were small and quickly snuffed out as "heresies.
From that point forward, there were two large branches of Christianity, which came to be known as the Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church in the East.
ByGerman princes were demanding the right to choose between Lutheranism and Catholicism in their territories. These demands were published in a document titled Protestation, giving the Protestant movement its name.
Anglicanism is often regarded as a "Middle Way" between Catholicism and Protestantismwhile others categorize it as Protestant. Anglicanism became Episcopalianism in the United States. Methodism, based on the teachings of John Wesley, also has its roots in Anglicanism.
Those who remained within the fold of Roman Catholicism during the Reformation argued that central regulation of doctrine is necessary to prevent confusion and division within the church and corruption of beliefs.
Protestants, on the other hand, insisted that it was precisely this policy of control that had already led to corruption of the true faith. They demanded that believers be allowed to read the Scriptures for themselves it was previously available only in Latin and act in accordance with their conscience.
This issue of religious authority continues to be a fundamental difference in perspective between Catholic and Orthodox Christians on one hand, and Protestant Christians on the other.
With its emphasis on individual interpretation of scripture and a measure of religious freedom, the Reformation marked not only a break between Protestantism and Catholicism, but the beginning of Christian denominationalism and sectarianism as we know it today.
And perhaps not surprisingly, some of the most interesting developments in Christianity have occurred in the United States, where individual freedom in all things is intensely valued. Today, Christianity encompasses an astounding variety of denominations, sects, and churches.
Relationships between these groups range from mutual respect and cooperation to denial that the other group is really "Christian.Religion in the United Kingdom, and in the countries that preceded it, has been dominated for over 1, years by various forms of Christianity.
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Of the approximate 2 billion Christians in the world today, million (% of the world's Christian population) identify themselves as Pentecostals, million (14%) are Charismatics, and million (%) are Evangelicals or Bible-believing Christians.
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