- Number of Christian Denominations According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world today.
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This statistic takes into consideration cultural distinctions of denominations in different countries, so there is overlapping of many denominations. The World Christian Database represents over 9,000 Christian denominations. This number is quite lower than 30,000 but it also doesn't say what who exactly is represented or who isn't. On Wikipedia they list about 1,100 denominations (according to my count) but Wikipedia isn't official.
May 02, 2020 · How Many Christian Denominations Are There? “According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organisations in the world today.”
Nov 23, 2012 · Many people quote the statistic that there are more than 30,000 christian denominations. It turns out this is mistaken . There are about 40,000 christian church organisations , three quarters of them independent churches, not denominations, in Africa.
- Concilar Christianity
To start with, we need to define terms. What is Christianity? While most would define Christianity as groups that use the Christian Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) as their teaching, the Bible and church history tells us that the definition is more precise. The least strict Biblical definition of Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came in the flesh, died and was resurrected on the third day. This underlies the belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Incarnation, and the atonement. Therefore this excludes Unitarians, Jehovah’s Witnesses and various neo-gnostic groups such as Theosophists and various occultic groups that are often grouped as Christian. Secondly, we understand what we mean by the term “denomination”. A denomination is defined as “a subgroup that operates under a common name, tradition, and identity”. Essentially, a subgroup of a larger umbrella term. Sunni Islam is a subgroup of Islam for example. Next, we have to understand how b...
The term Conciliar Christianity, for the purposes of this article, is Christian groups that define their doctrine according to councils. For both the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox Church the ecumenical councils in the first millennium and later synods after the Great Schism infallibly define all their doctrines and are seen to be guided by the Holy Spirit. They believe these synods represent the voice of the entire church speaking in unison. While many protestants accept the first 4 ecumenical councils they do not view conciliar decisions as infallible, separating them from this particular subcategory of Christianity. Within this particular set of Christians, you have the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church. There are also a couple of break-away groups from these three churches such as Old Calendarist groups and Old Believers from the Eastern Orthodox Church, Old Catholicsand various sedevacantist groups from the Roman...
Protestantism, contrary to what you might hear in some apologetic circles, is not just any Christian group that is down the line from Rome, but groups who trace themselves to the Reformation. By this definition, we haveLutherans, the Reformed Churches (Calvinists), Anglicans, Methodists and Baptists as the main Reformation movements. Anabaptists can also be considered protestants even though their movements were more radical and on the margins. The way in which Protestantism is distinguished is slightly different from what conciliar Christian groups do as their forms of church government tend to be less authoritarian as they do not put as much of an emphasis on conciliar authority with some Baptists sometimes putting almost no emphasis on conciliar or church authority outside thelocal church. Even with Protestant groups which maintain an episcopal form of church government similar to conciliar Christianity, there is very little open condemnation of other groups outside of the Roman...
Restorationism refers to churches which, in the post-Reformation period and following various revival movements in the Anglosphere came to believe that the church either had lost much of the purity it had in the early church or had fallen into a great apostasy following the Apostolic Age and needed to be restored. These churches includeAdventists and Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). Much of the perceived diversity within Christianity can be attributed to these groups, as I believe that it would not be unfair to take the kind of numbering WorldChristian Encyclopaedia (source of the 33 000 number), used. This is because their theological diversity is genuinely caused by the mindset of “solo Scriptura” which is distinguished from the Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura which acknowledges the wisdom in using insights of earlier Christians such as the Church Fathers in interpreting Scripture while ultimately submitting all traditions to Scripture whereas solo Scriptura just ignores all...
So, what does this mean for Christianity? Is it that the beliefs contained in Scripture are so obscure regarding salvation that we are hopeless in understanding it and therefore undermining the entire faith? No, this is just an example of human beings wanting what they want over the truth. Human beings are intelligent creatures, but our intelligence allows us to deceive ourselves into ignoring simple what is simply said and reading whatever we want into what we read. A popular tweet illustrated this clearly. I genuinely believe that this much doctrinal diversity is because of the fallenness of man, and this answers both against those who would use the presence of doctrinal diversity as a case against Christianity and hyper-ecumenists who might use this as a reason to forego emphasis on core doctrinal issues in the name of Christian unity. Regarding those who use it as an argument for their own Church, the presence of breakaway groups for practically each group makes that argument di...