29 Facts About Protestant


The many abuses that had occurred in the Western Church before the Protestant Reformation led the Reformers to reject much of its tradition.

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Protestant maintained that this principle recognizes Christ as prophet, priest, and king and that his priesthood is shared with his people.

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Protestant movement began to diverge into several distinct branches in the mid-to-late 16th century.

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One of the earliest persons to be praised as a Protestant forerunner is Jovinian, who lived in the fourth century AD.

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Protestant attacked monasticism, ascetism and believed that a saved believer can never be overcome by Satan.

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Protestant advocated an interpretation of the Gospel that led to conflicts with the Catholic Church.

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Protestant rejected papal authority over secular power, translated the Bible into vernacular English, and preached anticlerical and biblically centred reforms.

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Protestant was excommunicated and burned at the stake in Constance, Bishopric of Constance, in 1415 by secular authorities for unrepentant and persistent heresy.

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Protestant Reformation began as an attempt to reform the Catholic Church.

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Some most important activists of the Protestant Reformation included Jacobus Arminius, Theodore Beza, Martin Bucer, Andreas von Carlstadt, Heinrich Bullinger, Balthasar Hubmaier, Thomas Cranmer, William Farel, Thomas Muntzer, Laurentius Petri, Olaus Petri, Philipp Melanchthon, Menno Simons, Louis de Berquin, Primoz Trubar and John Smyth.

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Noteworthy development in 20th-century Protestant Christianity was the rise of the modern Pentecostal movement.

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Some Protestant denominations are less accepting of other denominations, and the basic orthodoxy of some is questioned by most of the others.

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Various ecumenical movements have attempted cooperation or reorganization of the various divided Protestant denominations, according to various models of union, but divisions continue to outpace unions, as there is no overarching authority to which any of the churches owe allegiance, which can authoritatively define the faith.

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Jurisdictions where a Protestant denomination has been established as a state religion include several Nordic countries; Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway have established Evangelical Lutheran churches.

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Some groups of individuals who hold basic Protestant tenets identify themselves simply as "Christians" or "born-again Christians".

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Protestant's teachings held to the five solae of the Reformation, but they were distinct from particular teachings of Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, and other Protestant Reformers.

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The first Protestant sermon delivered in England was in Cambridge, with the pulpit that this sermon was delivered from surviving to today.

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Protestant churches reject the idea of a celibate priesthood and thus allow their clergy to marry.

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The Protestant work ethic was an important force behind the unplanned and uncoordinated mass action that influenced the development of capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.

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Protestant explained that the connection between religious affiliation and interest in science was the result of a significant synergy between the ascetic Protestant values and those of modern science.

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Protestant values encouraged scientific research by allowing science to identify God's influence on the world—his creation—and thus providing a religious justification for scientific research.

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All major Protestant churches were represented in the First and Second Continental Congresses.

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Protestant liturgy is a pattern for worship used by a Protestant congregation or denomination on a regular basis.

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Prominent painters with Protestant background were, for example, Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Rembrandt, and Vincent van Gogh.

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Contrary to how the Protestant Reformers were often characterized, the concept of a catholic or universal Church was not brushed aside during the Protestant Reformation.

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The Protestant Reformers formed a new and radically different theological opinion on ecclesiology, that the visible Church is "catholic" rather than "Catholic" .

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Wherever the Magisterial Reformation, which received support from the ruling authorities, took place, the result was a reformed national Protestant church envisioned to be a part of the whole invisible church, but disagreeing, in certain important points of doctrine and doctrine-linked practice, with what had until then been considered the normative reference point on such matters, namely the Papacy and central authority of the Catholic Church.

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Protestant baptism is held to be valid by the Catholic Church if given with the trinitarian formula and with the intent to baptize.

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However, as the ordination of Protestant ministers is not recognized due to the lack of apostolic succession and the disunity from Catholic Church, all other sacraments performed by Protestant denominations and ministers are not recognized as valid.

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