16 Facts About Christian denominations


Individual Christian denominations vary widely in the degree to which they recognize one another.

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Protestant denominations altogether have an estimated 800 million to 1 billion adherents, which account for approximately 37 to 40 percent of all Christians worldwide.

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Eastern Christian denominations are represented mostly in Eastern Europe, North Asia, the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and India .

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The Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Church of the East Christian denominations, each hold that only their own specific organization faithfully represents the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, to the exclusion of all others.

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Generally, members of the various denominations acknowledge each other as Christians, at least to the extent that they have mutually recognized baptisms and acknowledge historically orthodox views including the divinity of Jesus and doctrines of sin and salvation, even though doctrinal and ecclesiological obstacles hinder full communion between churches.

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Major Protestant denominations include Adventism, Anabaptism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Lutheranism, Methodism, Moravianism, Pentecostalism and Reformed Christianity.

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The greatest divisions in Christianity today are between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and the various denominations formed during and after the Protestant Reformation.

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Denominationalism is the belief that some or all Christian denominations groups are legitimate churches of the same religion regardless of their distinguishing labels, beliefs, and practices.

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Theological denominationalism ultimately denies reality to any apparent doctrinal differences among the "Christian denominations", reducing all differences to mere matters de nomina .

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The Eastern Orthodox Church believes itself to be the continuation of the original Christian denominations Church established by Jesus Christ, and the Apostles.

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Second largest Eastern Christian denominations communion is Oriental Orthodoxy, which is organized in a similar manner, with six national autocephalous groups and two autonomous bodies, although there are greater internal differences than among the Eastern Orthodox .

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Finally the smallest Eastern Christian denominations group founded in early 20th century is Byzantine Rite Lutheranism where accept Byzantine Rite as Church's liturgy while retaining their Lutheran traditions like Ukrainian Lutheran Church.

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Some denominations which arose alongside the Western Christian tradition consider themselves Christian, but neither Catholic nor wholly Protestant, such as the Religious Society of Friends .

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Some Latter Day Saint denominations are regarded by other Christians as being nontrinitarian or even non-Christian, but the Latter Day Saints are predominantly in disagreement with these statements.

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Protestant Christian denominations have shown a strong tendency towards diversification and fragmentation, giving rise to numerous churches and movements, especially in Anglo-American religious history, where the process is cast in terms of a series of "Great Awakenings".

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Syncretism of Christian denominations beliefs with local and tribal religions is a phenomenon that occurs throughout the world.

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