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Denominations: Methodist/Wesleyan Church (Part 1)

Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult.  The Methodist church is greatly divided.  There are 23 separate Methodist bodies in the U.S. alone (Frank S. Mead and Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations, p. 159).  “The World Methodist Council is made … Continue reading

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Denominations: The Religious Society of Friends

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) numbered about 380,000 worldwide in 2017 (New Worldwide Quaker Map Released, Friendsjournal.org).  There were about 76,000 friends (Quakers) in the U.S.A. in 2012 (Worldwide Distribution of Quakers 2012, quakerinfo.com).  About 52% were located in … Continue reading

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Denominations: Baptist Church (Part 2)

Name There are different ideas which have been set forth for the origin of the name Baptist.  (1) A few Baptists claim that the name is God-given.  It was given to John because of his mission.  Also, it is the … Continue reading

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Denominations: Baptist Church (Part 1)

Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult.  The Baptist church is greatly divided.  The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) indicates that their fellowship of 241 conventions and unions, in 126 countries and territories, comprised 47 million baptized believers in 2020 (members unions, … Continue reading

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Denominations: Congregational Church/United Church of Christ

At the beginning of the 21st century, there were about 2.4 million Congregationalists worldwide (congregationalism, britannica.com).  There are about 802 thousand members of the United Church of Christ in the U.S.A. (2020 Statistical Report, ucc.org).  The top states for UCC … Continue reading

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Denominations: Reformed/Presbyterian Church (Part 2)

Name The name “Reformed Church” has its origin in the reformation.  “Originally, all of the Reformation churches used this name (or the name Evangelical) to distinguish themselves from the “unreformed” or unchanged, Roman Catholic Church.  After the great controversy among … Continue reading

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Denominations: Anabaptist/Mennonites, and Amish

The Mennonite World Conference (MWC) reports that there were 2.13 million Anabaptists in their fellowship in 2018 (membership, map and statistics, mwc-cmm.org).  Africa is the continent with the most members, approximately 36%.  North America is second, approximately 31% (ibid).  Anabaptist … Continue reading

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Denominations: Lutheran Church (Part 2)

Name The name Lutheran appears to have first been used by Catholic opposition.  One Lutheran source says, “It is a mistake if it is believed that Lutherans took this name for themselves.  History reports to us instead that they were … Continue reading

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Denominations: Catholic Church (Part 1)

The word ‘denomination’ and related words are used in different ways.  The word ‘denominate’ means “to give a name to” (merrian-webster.com).  The word ‘denominator,’ in mathematics, is used of “the part of the fraction that is below the line that … Continue reading

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Western Religions: The Latter-Day Saints (Mormonism) Part 3

Beliefs and Practices 1.  God. Joseph Smith wrote, “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (The Articles of Faith 1). The Father and the Son have a body of … Continue reading

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