19 Facts About Protestants


Protestants reject the Catholic doctrine of papal supremacy, but disagree among themselves regarding the number of sacraments, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and matters of ecclesiastical polity and apostolic succession.

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Protestants have extensively developed a unique culture that has made major contributions in education, the humanities and sciences, the political and social order, the economy and the arts and many other fields.

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Protestants adhere to the concept of an invisible church, in contrast to the Catholic, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East and the Ancient Church of the East, which all understand themselves as the one and only original church—the "one true church"—founded by Jesus Christ .

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French and Swiss Protestants instead preferred the word reformed, which became a popular, neutral, and alternative name for Calvinists.

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

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Protestants who adhere to the Nicene Creed believe in three persons as one God.

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Early Protestants rejected the Catholic dogma of transubstantiation, which teaches that the bread and wine used in the sacrificial rite of the Mass lose their natural substance by being transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ.

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

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

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

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Protestants 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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Catholicism remained the official state religion, and the fortunes of French Protestants gradually declined over the next century, culminating in Louis XIV's Edict of Fontainebleau which revoked the Edict of Nantes and made Catholicism the sole legal religion .

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Protestants refer to specific groupings of congregations or churches that share in common foundational doctrines and the name of their groups as denominations.

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Protestants reject the Catholic Church's doctrine that it is the one true church, with some teaching belief in the invisible church, which consists of all who profess faith in Jesus Christ.

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Protestants can be differentiated according to how they have been influenced by important movements since the Reformation, today regarded as branches.

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Protestants'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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Protestants 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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Consistent with Calvin's political ideas, Protestants created both the English and the American democracies.

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Protestants have founded hospitals, homes for disabled or elderly people, educational institutions, organizations that give aid to developing countries, and other social welfare agencies.

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