el_muffin (el_muffin) wrote,

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clear up the question on Christianity...

OK, so heres the script, basically, no names mentioned, there was an argument today and i am going to prove, although no one believes me over the girl who always goes to church, being Christian can take many forms and is not a single group of people.(e.g. being Catholic or Protestant, both are separate forms of being a Christian)

Here is EVIDENCE to prove i am right:

"Christian faith groups:
One source estimates that there are 34,000 separate Christian groups in the world.
We have attempted to sort them into:
Three meta-groups, (Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism)
Three wings, (conservative, mainline and liberal)
Fifteen Religious families, (Adventist, Baptist, Lutheran, Reform....)
Dozens of denominations, (from the Amish to The Way), and
Many systems of belief (Arminianism, British Israelism, Calvinism...)"

(taken from: Religioustolerance.org)


NOTE: Depending on the country, government census records often recognize only one, two or three divisions of Christians. Religious affiliation in surveys is always defined by self-identification, not by theology or practice. In predominantly non-Christian nations such as India or Iraq, available data may simply identify "Christians," to separate them from the majority populations of Hindus, Muslims, etc. If the data is more detailed (usually because there are larger numbers of Christians), Christians will be divided into "Catholics" and "Protestants" (with Orthodox/Eastern Christians typically classified as Protestant). With more accuracy, Orthodox are added as a third division, leaving all Christians who are not Catholic or Orthodox classified as Protestant. Typically this includes many groups who would prefer not to grouped with Protestants, such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Latter Day Saints.

Major Traditional Branches of Christianity
(mid-1995; source: Encyclopedia Britannica) Branch Number of Adherents
Catholic 968,000,000
Protestant 395,867,000
Other Christians 275,583,000
Orthodox 217,948,000
Anglicans 70,530,000

Major Denominational Families of Christianity
(This table does not include all Christians. These numbers are estimates, and are here primarily to assist in ranking branches by size, not to provide a definitive count of membership.)
Branch Number of Adherents
Catholic 1,050,000,000
Orthodox/Eastern Christian 240,000,000
African indigenous sects (AICs) 110,000,000
Pentecostal 105,000,000
Reformed/Presbyterian/Congregational/United 75,000,000
Anglican 73,000,000
Baptist 70,000,000
Methodist 70,000,000
Lutheran 64,000,000
Jehovah's Witnesses 14,800,000
Adventist 12,000,000
Latter Day Saints 11,500,000
Apostolic/New Apostolic 10,000,000
Stone-Campbell ("Restoration Movement") 5,400,000
New Thought (Unity, Christian Science, etc.) 1,500,000
Brethren (incl. Plymouth) 1,500,000
Mennonite 1,250,000
Friends (Quakers) 300,000 "

(taken from Adherents.com)

Also, i asked the minister from my church(a Protistant church) and he told me that Christianity takes many forms, the only major difference is the way in which people interpret the Bible. I will ask the local Catholic Priest what his view on the matter is next time i see him and the same goes for the Minister at my Grans church, which is a different group(Methodist i think, but i could be wrong)

To conclude, Nowhere that i have come across does it suggest the term "Christian" refers to a single religion, but that it is the collective name for any follower of Christ, as portrayed in the New Testament, no matter which way they interpret it.
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