The following is taken from this non-Mormon web site:
It is interesting that this site claims that there are over 1,200 different Christian denominations just in North America……Imagine 1,200 different ways to worship Jesus Christ…….I can’t imagine that He is very happy with man right about now.
Check out some of their links here also……makes for some interesting reading. I like their definition of Christian…….
What is a Christian?
To avoid confusion, we repeat here our site’s simple definition of “Christian:”
“We accept as Christian any individual or group who devoutly, thoughtfully, seriously, and prayerfully regards themselves to be Christian.”
Other individuals and groups have much narrower definitions of the term. They often believe that their faith group is the “true” Christian religion, and that others are in error. That is certainly their right, but it does cause a great deal of confusion, frustration, anger, and conflict.
Except perhaps for a few years between the execution of Yeshua of Nazareth (circa 30 CE) and the start of Paul’s ministry (circa 36 CE), the Christian religion has never been unified.
|Throughout the second half of the first century CE, the Christian religion was divided into three main main religious movements: the Gnostics, Jewish Christians, and Pauline Christians. Gnostic Christians still survive today. All of the rest of today’s Christian faith groups trace their history back to the Pauline Christian movement.|
|Currently, there are over 1,200 Christian denominations in North America. 1|
|According to David Barrett et al, editors of the “World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions – AD 30 to 2200,” there are 34,000 separate Christian groups in the world. 2|
Sorting them into categories is a difficult task. Six ways of classifying them are into:
|There are on the order of 1,200 Christian organizations in North America.|
|Their names range from the Amish to The Way.|
|We have essays describing some of them.
|Oriental Orthodox and Assyrian Churches,|
Unfortunately, there is no consensus about which faith groups should be embraced by the term “Protestantism.” For example:
The organization Christian Churches Together (CCT), a broadly based, inclusive, Christian ecumenical movement, suggests still another classification of U.S. faith groups. They group Christian denominations into five families” Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant, Historic Racial/Ethnic, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic.
|There are many systems of theological beliefs within Christianity.|
|They often cut across denominational boundaries.|
|Members of an single congregation may hold conflicting belief systems.|
|Examples are Arminianism, British Israelism, Calvinism, Christian Identity, Universalism, etc.|
|The Barna Research Group, arguably the most important polling group working in the religious and spiritual area, sorts individuals into five faith segments according to their theological beliefs.|