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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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Protestant missionaries were eager to “gather the fruit that Aglipay is shedding from the Roman Catholic tree..” and  weld these “into a positive force for Protestant Christianity instead of having for their creed hatred of the friars and the Roman Hierarchy…” They observed that though the majority of Filipinos remained Catholic, thousands were converting to Protestantism because the American ...
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-04/07/2014 12:46 CHINA Wenzhou, Christians challenge government to prevent the demolition of their church
» For days, about 3 thousand faithful of the official Protestant Ou Bei community have held a sit-in in front of the newly rebuilt place of worship Sanjiang , which the authorities want to demolish for "security reasons".
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-Catholicism, George W. Bush, and the cluelessness of the religious right
It went something like this: From the time of the Puritans all the way down to the early 1970s, American public life was decisively shaped by the moral and spiritual witness of the Protestant Mainline's leading churches: The Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, and Episcopalians. This was a potentially disastrous development, depriving America of the theologically ...
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-'Urgent action' call over education
The leader of a unionist working party on educational underachievement among poorer Protestant boys in Northern Ireland calls for urgent action on the issue.
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:56:19 -0700
-Is Francis the Protestant Pope?
Pope Francis' appeal extends beyond Catholics to Protestants as well
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:34:38 -0700
-VIDEO: Poor Protestant boys underachieving
Poorer Protestant boys in Northern Ireland are seriously underachieving at school according to a new report.
Publ.Date : Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:56:23 -0700
-Century of clashes, compromise between UK, Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) — Relations between Britain and Ireland have experienced a century of rebellion, terror and treaties, culminating in this week's first-ever state visit by Ireland's president. A look at key flashpoints:
Publ.Date : Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:08:50 -0700
-Poor Protestant boys underachieving
Poorer Protestant boys in Northern Ireland are seriously underachieving at school a new report says.
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-Church of Norway rejects same-sex marriage
The protestant Church of Norway on Tuesday rejected a proposal for religious same-sex marriage, even though it had the support of most of the country's bishops. Norway was among the first countries in Europe to grant homosexuals full rights, including marriage and adoption in 2009, but the Church does not marry same-sex couples. Eight of Norway's 12 bishops said in October they favoured such a ...
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