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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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Edinburgh Awaits Protestant Marchers Drumming Up Union Votes
Protestant Orangemen march in North Belfast, in Northern Ireland, on July 12, 2014. Close Protestant Orangemen march in North Belfast, in Northern Ireland, on July 12, 2014.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:10:12 -0700
-Northern Ireland Protestant leader Ian Paisley dies
A painting of former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley adorns the walls of the great hall at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Northern Ireland.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:36:37 -0700
-Protestant Firebrand Ian Paisley Dies at 88
(DUBLIN) — The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland’s most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil…
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:40:03 -0700
-Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88
DUBLIN (AP) — For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never."
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:39:30 -0700
-Ian Paisley dies; Protestant firebrand in Northern Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) -- For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:35:33 -0700
-Protestant leader Ian Paisley dies in Northern Ireland
Wife of Ian Paisley says the fiery Protestant leader has died in Northern Ireland.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:08:47 -0700
-Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies aged 88 - NBC40.net
DUBLIN (AP) - For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: "No" and "Never."
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:38:01 -0700
-Edinburgh Awaits Protestant Marchers Drumming Up Votes for Union
In Edinburgh tomorrow, voters pondering which side to back in next week's independence referendum will encounter an unlikely campaign event -- a vast parade of Protestant men with white gloves and orange sashes marching in defense of the United Kingdom. About 15,000 Orange Order members, many in their traditional regalia will walk through the city's historic center behind bands of traditional ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:01:00 -0700
-Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand-turned-peacemaker in Northern Ireland, dies aged 88
Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise in Northern Ireland but became a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, has died.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:23:59 -0700
-Rev. Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand-turned-peacemaker in Northern Ireland, dies at age 88
The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast.
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:23:47 -0700
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