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Protestantism

Protestantism is less a denomination than a general branch of Christianity encompassing numerous denominations and a wide theological spectrum ranging from conservative to liberal. Protestantism originated in the 16th century Reformation.

Some Protestant churches, such as Anglicans and Lutherans, tend to resemble Catholicism in their formal liturgy, while others, such as Baptists and Presbyterians, retain very little of the liturgy and tradition associated with the Catholic Church. Protestants adhere to the authority of the Bible and the doctrines of the early creeds. Protestantism encourages "Private Interpretation" of scripture by the individual.

Most Protestant churches recognize only two sacraments directly commanded by the Lord - baptism and communion - as opposed to the seven sacraments accepted by the Catholic Church.

Protestants number about 800 million among approximately 1.5 billion Christians worldwide. It is the largest branch of Christianity in the United States, followed by Catholics with about half as many members. Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are the 3rd largest Christian branch, comprising about 2% of the U.S. population.

There are about 9,000 Protestant Christian denominations in the world according to the World Christian Encyclopedia, published by Oxford University Press.

The 15 largest Protestant denominations are:

  1. Southern Baptist Convention: 16.2 million members
  2. The United Methodist Church: 7.8 million members
  3. The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million members
  4. National Baptist Convention: 5.0 million members
  5. Evangelical Lutheran Church, U.S.A.: 4.5 million members
  6. National Baptist Convention of America: 3.5 million members
  7. Assemblies of God: 2.9 million members
  8. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): 2.8 million members
  9. African Methodist Episcopal Church: 2.5 million members
  10. National Missionary Baptist Convention of America: 2.5 million members
  11. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS): 2.3 million members
  12. The Episcopal Church: 2.0 million members
  13. Churches of Christ: 1.6 million members
  14. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World: 1.5 million members
  15. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church: 1.4 million members

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Preview of a story in our print-only Deacons 2015 special section.
Publ.Date : Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:48:51 -0800
-Compulsory income tax on Christians drives Germans away from Protestant and Catholic churches
Up to 400,000 Germans officially filed declarations to leave the Protestant and Catholic Church after a decision to extend the 8 or 9 per cent charge to capital gains income
Publ.Date : Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:32:01 -0800
-Advocating Peace in Islam Through Unifying Beliefs in "An Alternative To Holy War"
The Islamic Protestant Movement protests actions of murder, war and violence for the propagation of the Islamic faith in new book by Pasha Mohamed Ali Taeharah (PRWeb January 13, 2015) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12426597.htm
Publ.Date : Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:11:16 -0800
-1st Irish nationalist elected speaker of N. Ireland Assembly
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — An Irish nationalist has been elected speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time, reflecting a recent agreement bolstering the Catholic-Protestant government in the British territory.
Publ.Date : Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:26:31 -0800
-Protestant Church in India Set on Fire, Destroyed
Hindu extremists have set fire to and destroyed a Church in a small Christian village in Southern India. According to Fides, a small Protestant church built with bamboo and straw in Tadur, was attacked and burned to the ground. The church was the only Christian place of worship in the area.
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:17:13 -0800
-German Protestants to revise landmark Luther Bible

Publ.Date : Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:43:37 -0800
-Opening minds with the Bible's books of the apocrypha
Many Protestants are unaware that the Bible used in Catholic churches contains books not found in Protestant Bibles -- namely, the books of the apocrypha. (The word comes from a Greek term that means "hidden.")
Publ.Date : Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:40:12 -0800
-Scrap German blasphemy law to promote tolerance, legal expert demands

Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:10:30 -0800
-Scrap Germany's blasphemy law to promote tolerance, legal expert demands

Publ.Date : Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:40:30 -0800
-Mother and baby home investigation to be given three years to finish work
Inquiry to examine Catholic and Protestant homes between 1922 and early 1990s
Publ.Date : Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:05:21 -0800
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