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Choose a Church: Denominational Branches
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Posted on 05/20/2004 5:45:03 PM PDT by xzins

This chart is VERY general and minimal. There are literally tens of thousands of additional lines that could be included, for various unique Churches, like say, the Amana Colonies. MANY of those Churches seem to be hybrids where some local group has seen some value in each of two or more existing Denominations. So, there might be an "Evangelical Lutheran Episcopal Congregational Methodist Church", and it would be tough to even GUESS what they believed! You'd have to contact such a Church and request a Statement of Faith from them.

Our hope with this chart is that, if you are looking for a new or different Church to attend, that you might be able to narrow it down to three or four. Then, ACTUALLY ATTEND a Service at each one before making a final decision. Even if the first one seems great, check the others out before making a final commitment. The Lord has been around 2,000 years waiting for you; He will certainly be Patient for another four weeks for you to determine where your Spiritual growth might best occur!

Many of the lines include two numbers in parentheses. The first is the year that the Church began. The second is the publicized number of regular members (generally in the USA).

Christianity




TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: denomination; tree

1 posted on 05/20/2004 5:45:03 PM PDT by xzins
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To: All

Nice visual.

Lots of things to agree and disagree with.


2 posted on 05/20/2004 5:45:59 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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To: xzins

What a great chart and reference point. I'm sure people would argue this until the cows come home but its nice to see such a listing.


3 posted on 05/20/2004 5:50:07 PM PDT by HarleyD (For strong is he who carries out God's word. (Joel 2:11))
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To: HarleyD

I agree.

Personally, I would have put the Anglicans, Catholics, and Orthodox in some kind of Visual relationship. I'd have put the Methodists downline from the Anglicans. (Maybe...maybe...Lutherans, too....not sure on that one....maybe all of protestantism)

But, you are right. It's nice seeing someone try to put it all together. His basic divisions seem to be Calvinist & Arminian; Catholic & Orthodox.


4 posted on 05/20/2004 5:58:06 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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To: xzins
Here is a chart I find useful, although it also isn't perfect. Be aware that it is in pdf format.

Nazerene

5 posted on 05/20/2004 6:11:29 PM PDT by Titanites
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To: Titanites

pdf....bleagghhh!

:>)


6 posted on 05/20/2004 6:12:52 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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To: Titanites

Oops. Should read Nazarene.


7 posted on 05/20/2004 6:19:34 PM PDT by Titanites
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To: xzins

I don't think Trappists or Jesuits can correctly be called their own sect within Catholicism. Their religious orders, but their theology and Mass are still the same as other Roman Catholics. And orders are primarily for clergy, monks, brothers, etc., not regular folk.


8 posted on 05/20/2004 8:24:27 PM PDT by Conservative til I die
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To: xzins

Excellent post. Did you do this yourself?


9 posted on 05/20/2004 9:17:44 PM PDT by Ronzo (GOD alone is enough.)
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To: xzins

Nice post.

I'll attack/defend in the AM....


10 posted on 05/20/2004 9:34:08 PM PDT by Gamecock (FREE THE CALVINIST THREE!)
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To: xzins

The Oriental Orthodox should be listed in their own category, as they divided from Eastern Orthodoxy and everything under the category of Western Christianity after Chalcedon.


11 posted on 05/20/2004 10:22:26 PM PDT by Cleburne
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To: xzins
Here's another interesting list I found long ago, FWIW:

Ever wonder who, where and when your religion came from?
HERE IS THE HISTORIC RECORD

--------- (according to a Jewish source and double-verified in unbiased historical reference books) ---------


If you are Jewish, your religion was founded by God through Abraham about 4,000 years ago.

If you are Hindu, your religion developed in India around 1500 B.C.

If you claim to be a Druid, your religion may have developed sometime around 900 B.C. in Celtic Europe, but was completely wiped out in about 500 A.D. by the Romans, leaving only Roman writings about it; for the Druids utterly disdained writing.

If you are Shintoist, your religion developed long ago and over an undetermined period of time from the primitive animist religions of Japan.

If you are Buddhist, your religion split from Hinduism, and was founded by Prince Siddhartha Gautama of India, about 500 B.C.

If you are Confuscianist, your religion (really a social philosophy based upon ancient Chinese feudal ritual) was founded on the teachings of K'ung Fu-Tzu in China in about 550 B.C.

If you are a Taoist, your religion (really a naturalistic, philosophic way of life) began with the teachings of Lao Tzu in about 550 B.C.

If you are Roman Catholic, your religion was founded by Jesus Christ in the year 33.

If you are Islamic, your religion was started by Mohammed in the area of what is now Saudi Arabia, about 600 A.D.

If you are Eastern Orthodox, your sect of the Catholic Church separated from Roman Catholicism around the year 1,000.

If you are Sikh, your religion was founded in the Punjab region of India by Guru Nanak in about 1500.

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an excommunicated Catholic monk in 1517.

If you are Anglican, your religion was started by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are Presbyterian, your religion was founded when John Knox brought the teachings of John Calvin to Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are Unitarian, your religious group developed in Europe in the 1500s.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion branched off from Puritanism in the early 1600s in England.

If you are a Baptist, your religion was founded by a man named John Smyth, in Amsterdam in 1607.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are Episcopalian, your religion was founded by Samuel Seabury in America in 1789, when he broke from the Anglican church of England.

If you are a Mormon, your religion was founded by a man named Joseph Smith in Palmyra, New York in 1830.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your religion was started by a man named William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Jehova's Witness, your religion was founded by Charles Taze Russell in Pennsylvania in the 1870s.

If you are a Christian Scientist, your religion was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879.

If you are Pentecostal, your religion started in the United States in 1901.

If you belong to any one of the countless other protestant denominations or "non-denominational" Christian churches, your sect probably began in this century or even this decade as an offshoot of one of the more mainstream Protestant denominations.

If you are an agnostic, you profess an uncertainty or skepticism about the existence of God, or any being higher than yourself.

If you are an Atheist, your religion denies the existence of any higher being and was later officially founded by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who, according to her son, disappeared with most of the organization's money and without a trace, years ago.
12 posted on 05/21/2004 3:01:35 AM PDT by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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If you are an Atheist, your religion denies the existence of any higher being and was later officially founded by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who, according to her son, disappeared with most of the organization's money and without a trace, years ago.

I thought they found her body and solved the case a while ago. I remember seeing it on Forensic Files or some such program, though my memory might be a bit hazy...

13 posted on 05/21/2004 4:05:31 AM PDT by ponyespresso (simul justus et peccator)
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To: Ronzo

No I didn't. The link is at the top of the page.

I would have set it up a bit differently. But, this is one person's idea, so it provides a starting ground.


14 posted on 05/21/2004 4:48:02 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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To: xzins

I'm surprised to see the Brethren/Mennonites under the Calvinist heading. Some of the most strident anti-Calvinist tracts I've ever seen came from a Bretheren church. But everything gets rather mixed up these days.


15 posted on 05/21/2004 11:58:34 AM PDT by jboot (Faith is not a work)
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To: jboot

J.N. Darby, the founder of the Pllymouth Brethren was a calvinist. Today many are only "moderate" Calminians.

The Mennonites are Anabaptists by heritage and certainly not Calvinistic.


16 posted on 05/21/2004 12:05:10 PM PDT by drstevej
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To: xzins

Is the hierarchy you give meant to show development over time (i.e., where movements came from)? Because Christian Churches and churches of Christ do not claim any affiliation with the Presbyterians, and they certainly do not accept the tenets of Calvinism.


17 posted on 05/21/2004 12:14:55 PM PDT by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: ponyespresso

Yeah. You are right. It's an old list. I didn't feel like putting my two cents into updating it. Good list anyway.


18 posted on 05/21/2004 4:33:33 PM PDT by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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To: drstevej
Today many are only "moderate" Calminians.

Thats the understatement of the year....

19 posted on 05/21/2004 5:00:31 PM PDT by jude24 (sola gratia)
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To: broadsword
Can't resist a few corrections:
p.s.:  There are no unbiased sources.
20 posted on 05/21/2004 10:06:20 PM PDT by Celtman (It's never right to do wrong to do right.)
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To: broadsword
double-verified in unbiased historical reference books

Just what is that supposed to mean? He looked up stuff in two encyclopedias?

If you are Roman Catholic, your religion was founded by Jesus Christ in the year 33.

Nope, no bias there.

If you are Eastern Orthodox, your sect of the Catholic Church separated from Roman Catholicism around the year 1,000.

At this point, you suspect the author isn't just writing a polemical pseudo-reference in favor of Roman Catholicism, he's unbearably arrogant as well. So you skip ahead.

If you are an agnostic, you profess an uncertainty or skepticism about the existence of God

Do you suppose an agnostic would really need to be told that sort of thing? Maybe next you could tell a man named Bob how to spell Bob.

21 posted on 05/21/2004 11:30:34 PM PDT by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: A.J.Armitage

Your author is a she, and is Jewish, and has always shown herself to be antagonistic toward Christians in general, but especially so toward Catholics.

So there's the fly in your manufactured ointment. It must be a terrible thing to sacrifice reason to desire.


22 posted on 05/22/2004 6:53:08 PM PDT by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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To: broadsword

I simply don't believe you.


23 posted on 05/22/2004 10:15:07 PM PDT by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: A.J.Armitage

As I said.

And I am sorry for you.


24 posted on 05/22/2004 11:28:03 PM PDT by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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To: broadsword
And I am sorry for you.

Why? Is gullibility fun or something?

25 posted on 05/23/2004 12:11:50 AM PDT by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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