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Christian Denominations

Beliefs, Differences, and Practices

Over the centuries, Christianity has divided into numerous denominations. Each denomination has its own distinctive beliefs or practices, but they are commonly considered branches of the same religion because they agree on such fundamentals as the Bible, the Trinity, and the person of Jesus Christ. The way in which members regard other denominations varies from mutual respect and acceptance to suspicion and denial that the other group is really "Christian."

The three main branches of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestant (some say Anglican is a fourth). Most of the denominations that exist today developed in the 500 years since the Protestant Reformation and fall under the "Protestant" branch. This section provides information on some of the major denominations that exist today, along with a brief history of how there came to be so many.

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See the similarities and differences between denominations with charts comparing history,
beliefs, practices and ethical views.

Roman Catholic

Roman Catholicism is the largest Christian group that exists today,
with more than a billion adherents.

Eastern Orthodox

The Orthodox Church became a distinct branch in the 11th century "Great Schism."
It is prominent in Russia, Greece and nearby areas.


Protestantism encompasses numerous denominations and embraces a wide theological spectrum, but all share certain distinctives.


Anglicanism is characterized by a via media (middle way) between Catholicism and Protestantism.



The Amish are members of an Anabaptist Christian denomination who are especially known for their separation from society and rejection of modern technology.


Baptists are the largest of the Free Church denominations and are characterized by adult baptism and encouraging religious freedom and separation of church and state.


Lutheranism, based on the teachings of Martin Luther, is one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world today.

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Pentecostal Christianity, just over 100 years old, is the largest Christian denomination in the world.


Presbyterian and Reformed churches share a common origin in the 16th-century Swiss Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin.


Quakers are a 17th century Reformation movement started by
George Fox well-known for their peace testimony.

Seventh-day Adventists

Seventh-day Adventists

A group known for its Sabbath observance, expectation of Christ, and emphasis on physical health.

Brief History of Denominations

Trace the history of Christian denominations, from early offshoot groups to the explosion
of new churches in the 16th century Reformation

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