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Christian Denominations and the Early Church

Christian Denominations and the Early Church

The global body of more than 2 billion Christians is separated into more than 45,000 denominations - Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Apostolic, Methodist — the list goes on.

Christianity has so many branches because of differences in belief, power grabs and corruption.

The early church, spanning from AD27 to AD 325, was divided chiefly based on geography. According to Professor Bruce Gordon, worship styles and interpretations of Jesus' teachings varied based on regional cultures and customs.

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The Great Schism

The Great Schism

In 1054, the Eastern Orthodox Christians split from the Western Roman Catholics.

The groups disagreed on the taking of the sacraments. The Eastern Orthodox Christians also disagreed with the Roman beliefs that

  • priests should remain celibate
  • that the Roman...

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The Arian Controversy

The Arian Controversy

The Arian controversy in the early fourth century divided Christians in the Roman Empire. Arius, a priest from Alexandria, claimed that because Jesus was "begotten", he was a lesser divinity than God. However, Athanasius, an Alexandrian theologian, claimed Jesus was God incarnate.

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Denominations explode

Denominations explode

After the Protestant Reformation in 1517, the number of denominations began to multiply.

  • The Reformation, started by Martin Luther's 95 Theses, claimed that the Bible was the ultimate authority over all people, not a church hierarchy.
  • By the 17th century, the contemporary word ...

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