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Denominations are, at their very core, structures that help support and enable a diversity of Christians. They are not Christianity, they merely make space for different varieties of faith to flourish. If we can simply understand denominational labels as descriptors, rather than terms of value -- who is right and who is wrong -- we can see beyond the walls that separate us and begin to see the beautiful diversity there is among Christians.
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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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Northern Ireland's Catholic, Protestant leaders unite to honor Ian Paisley month after death
Ian Paisley frequently divided Northern Ireland in life.
Publ.Date : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:38:47 -0700
-Catholics, Protestants honor Paisley in Belfast
DUBLIN (AP) — Ian Paisley often divided Northern Ireland in life. But a memorial to the Protestant evangelist who struck a twilight peace with Catholics united the British territory's fractious leaders in hymns and prayers Sunday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:54:19 -0700
-Grenade blast injures 4 at Protestant church in southern Philippines
Philippine police say two men on a motorcycle fired a grenade at the main gate of a Protestant church in the south, injuring at least four churchgoers.
Publ.Date : Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:54:17 -0700
-From Belfast to Rensselaer, a lesson on tolerance
The haters could learn something from Lagan College, a secondary school on bucolic farmland above Belfast that offered an open palm to the clenched fist of sectarian violence. Few gave Lagan much of a chance when it opened in 1981 with 14 Catholic and 14 Protestant students, two teachers in a one-room schoolhouse paid for by a group of parents who took out second mortgages to plant a seed of ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:40:47 -0700
-Rise of 4% in support grant for Protestant fee-paying schools
Minister for Education rejects claims that reduced State support created false economy
Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:05:31 -0700
-2 churchgoers killed in grenade blast
DAVAO CITY (Updated) -- Two motorcycle-riding armed men attacked Wednesday night a Protestant church in Pikit town in North Cotabato, killing two churchgoers and wounding five others, authorities said. But police have yet to identify the two men, who fired a grenade at the gate of United Church of Christ in the Philippines at sitio Bliss in Barangay Pagangan. Philippine Army's 6th Infantry ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:18:20 -0700
-Pastors join to speak against gambling
Senior Pastor Mark Tumney of Christ Community Church of Milpitas (rear) leads a coalition of Protestant pastors and Muslim representatives in prayer before an Oct. 16 press conference held in opposition to Measure E, which calls for Bay 101 Casino to relocate from San Jose to Milpitas.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:16:42 -0700
-Strong faith drives worshipers to Protestant church in Philippines despite deadly attack - The Mindanao Examiner
NORTH COTABATO – Members of a Protestant church have flocked to North Cotabato’s Pikit town and joined a worship service and offered prayers to those who were killed and wounded in a grenade attack just this month.
Publ.Date : Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:51:32 -0700
-Gunmen ambush Protestant pastor, father in Southern Philippines - The Mindanao Examiner
ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – A protestant pastor and his father were killed in an ambush in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte, police said on Thursday.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:37:16 -0700
-Strictly Protestant school tells girls to wear longer skirts
A staunchly Protestant school in Kesteren in Gelderland province has appointed four ‘clothing coaches’ to make sure pupils wear ‘appropriate clothing’, Trouw said on Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:18:07 -0700
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