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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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Catholic, Protestant lawmakers unite to outlaw paying for sex in Northern Ireland, 1st in UK
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland has become the first part of the United Kingdom to outlaw paying for sex, mirroring a move pioneered in Scandinavian countries.
Publ.Date : Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:31:16 -0800
-David Cameron Leaves Belfast Peace Talks Without Deal
British Prime Minister David Cameron has left Northern Ireland peace talks after making a conditional offer of extra money for the region's Catholic-Protestant government, but local leaders dismissed ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:25:34 -0800
-Anahola church offers Blue Christmas
ANAHOLA — Koolauhuiia Protestant Church will be hosting a special “Blue Christmas Candle Lighting Service” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the church.
Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:54:08 -0800
-UK leader exits Belfast peace talks after offering extra money; Sinn Fein slams offer
British Prime Minister David Cameron has left Northern Ireland peace talks after making a conditional offer of extra money for the region's Catholic-Protestant government, but local leaders dismissed his pledge as bogus.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:53:47 -0800
-Adams insults Protestant party in N. Ireland govt
DUBLIN (AP) — Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insulted the main Protestant party in Northern Ireland, reflecting a surge in tensions in their 7-year-old unity government.
Publ.Date : Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:03:32 -0800
-For Northern Ireland, Wounds From 'The Troubles' Are Still Raw
Sixteen years after the much-heralded Good Friday Agreement between Protestant and Catholic forces in Northern Ireland, walls separating neighborhoods are a sign of how profoundly divided it remains.
Publ.Date : Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:47:16 -0800
-Sinn Fein leader Adams issues insult to Protestant partners in Northern Ireland government
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insulted the main Protestant party in Northern Ireland amid rising tensions in their 7-year-old unity government.
Publ.Date : Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:23:47 -0800
-Boris Johnson: do those concerned about immigration want 'forced sterilisation or one-baby policy?'
Mayor of London asks if voters who fear rising population would be worried about boom in 'white, Anglo-Saxon protestant babies'
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:30:28 -0800
-UK, Irish premiers take charge of Belfast talks
DUBLIN (AP) — The British and Irish prime ministers took control Thursday of multi-party talks on Northern Ireland's future with survival of the region's Catholic-Protestant government at stake.
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:37:23 -0800
-Miriam Rawley, singer with group called Serenaders
Miriam E. McBride Rawley, 90, of Tacony, a mother and singer, died Friday, Nov. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at the Philadelphia Protestant Home in Lawncrest.
Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:16:22 -0800
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