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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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Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:13:26 -0800
-US church upholds reinstatement of gay marriage pastor
One of the largest Protestant churches in the United States affirmed on Monday the reinstatement of a pastor in rural Pennsylvania who presided over his son's marriage to another man. The United Methodist Church defrocked Reverend Frank Schaefer in November 2013, claiming he violated church law by officiating at the wedding of his son Tim in Massachusetts in 2007. Intended to be a warning to ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:16:30 -0700
-Catholic flock thinning in Latin America
Although Argentine-born Pope Francis is largely popular in Latin America, the number of adults in the region who describe themselves as Catholic is falling, says a study published Thursday. In a study of 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the US territory of Puerto Rico, the Pew Research Center said the Roman Catholic church is losing adherents to Protestant faiths or ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:20:39 -0800
-More Latin America Catholics Are Leaving The Church For Protestant Denominations: Report
While it may be too soon to tell whether Pope Francis has influenced more followers to return or convert to the Catholic Church, a new Pew Research Center survey published Thursday says he might have a tough road ahead. The survey confirmed a trend that has been taking place for decades: More Latin American Catholics are leaving their faith to join Protestant churches.
Publ.Date : Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:47:54 -0800
-Poll: Latin America Catholics steadily leave faith
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches, while many others have dropped organized religion altogether in a major shift in the region's religious identity, according to a survey released Thursday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:20:36 -0800
-114 Nigerians without travelling documents rounded up in Bangkok
Immigration police, troops and drug-suppression officers raided a Protestant church in on Soi Onnuj 44 and rounded up 114 Nigerians for having entered the kingdom without proper travelling documents, Government Spokesman Yongyuth Maiyalarp said Monday.
Publ.Date : Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:12:17 -0800
-Does Cuervo Have Shot at Getting Bushmills Off the Rocks?
Bushmills comes from a town of the same name in County Antrim, in Protestant Northern Ireland. Its taste is “vanilla, honey with a spicy finish,” according to food blog Urbanspoon.
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:21:07 -0800
-'Reign' recap: 'Terror of the Faithful'
Between Protestant persecution and uprisings, marital problems, and Catherine getting a little loopy, Francis is losing his grasp on his reign.
Publ.Date : Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:13:33 -0800
-Pew survey: Latin Americans born into Catholic Church increasingly leave for Protestantism
Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches, while many others have dropped organized religion altogether in a major shift in the region's religious identity, according to a survey released Thursday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:24:34 -0800
-'Reign' recap: 'Blood for Blood'
As the Catholic-Protestant tension rises, Francis learns Narcisse's real motives, and Greer walks down the aisle. Most importantly, there's a sex journal.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:28:48 -0700
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