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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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Belfast parade ends without clashes for first time in years
By Conor Humphries and Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - A flashpoint Protestant parade in Northern Ireland's capital Belfast ended without violence for the first time in decades on Saturday when marchers agreed to turn around before passing a Catholic area. Pro-British Protestants hold marches every July 12 in the British-ruled province to mark the 1690 victory by King William of Orange that ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:48:50 -0700
-Belfast braces for trouble over Protestant parade
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Belfast is bracing for possible riots next week after a Protestant parade was barred from passing a hostile Catholic district.
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:28:41 -0700
-Belfast braces for possible riots after Protestant parade restricted for 2nd year in row
Belfast is bracing for possible riots next week after a Protestant parade was barred from passing a hostile Catholic district.
Publ.Date : Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:33:15 -0700
-Man Stabbed in Belfast Clashes Ahead of Orange Order March
Tens of thousands of Protestant loyalists are marching through Belfast today as the marching season reaches its peak. Around 3,500 police officers are on duty across the province, a third of them in Ardoyne, north Belfast, where the Parades Commission has banned a march past Catholic homes this evening. Last night bonfires were lit across Belfast and a man was stabbed in fighting between ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:19:33 -0700
-Catholic-Protestant feud flares anew in Northern Ireland
A massive unionist bonfire dwarfs the houses near by in the Shankill area of West Belfast, Northern Ireland, on July 10, 2014. Thousands of bonfires have been built in Protestant areas across Northern Ireland to be lit on Eleventh Night, the eve of July 12, when Protestants commemorate the 1690 Battle of the Boyne.
Publ.Date : Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:26:29 -0700
-Society paying price for Loyalism’s ‘forgotten generation’
Young working-class Protestant men are ill-prepared for the new political era
Publ.Date : Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:11:44 -0700
-Police: Annual Protestant parade in Northern Ireland largely peaceful
Police in Northern Ireland say an annual Protestant parade that typically sparks riots and disorder has taken place peacefully.
Publ.Date : Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:43:34 -0700
-Annual Protestant march in Belfast mostly peaceful
LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland say an annual Protestant parade that typically sparks riots and disorder has taken place peacefully.
Publ.Date : Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:08:57 -0700
-Catholic officer sues Scotland Yard for 'religious discrimination' claiming he was 'bullied' by his Protestant boss
Detective Inspector Paul Armstrong, a Roman Catholic, who worked at Charing Cross police station, alleges Detective Chief Inspector Mark Roycroft, targeted him because of his religion
Publ.Date : Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:14:07 -0700
-Hostility to Twelfth parades
The Ulster Protestant and loyalist communities, rather than looking forward to a peaceful and stress-free Twelfth of July, are yet again being subjected to intolerance, opposition and hostility by the republican community in Ardoyne who have the backing of the Parades Commission in their determination not to allow the Orange Order lodges past Ardoyne in the evening parade from the field.
Publ.Date : Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:51:55 -0700
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