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  1. Protestantism is the largest grouping of Christians in the United States, with its combined denominations collectively comprising about 43% of the country's population (or 141 million people) in 2019. [1] Other estimates suggest that 48.5% of the U.S. population (or 157 million people) is Protestant. [2]

  2. The supporters of the Awakening and its evangelical thrust— Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists —became the largest American Protestant denominations by the first decades of the 19th century. By the 1770s, the Baptists were growing rapidly both in the north (where they founded Brown University ), and in the South.

  3. The meeting was in Berlin, and he toured many other places in Germany, and learned more about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. When MLK's father returned to the United States, he decided to change his name and his son's name; and in 1957, their names were legally changed to Martin Luther King, Sr. and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  5. The United States Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the American Bill of Rights with its fundamental human rights made this tradition permanent by giving it a legal and political framework. The great majority of American Protestants, both clergy and laity, strongly supported the independence movement.

  6. The Protestant Reformation began in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther, a teacher and a monk, published a document he called Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, or 95 Theses. The document was a series of 95 ideas about Christianity that he invited people to debate with him. These ideas were controversial because ...

  7. Summary. It is virtually impossible to understand the history of the American experience without Protestantism. The theological and religious descendants of the Protestant Reformation arrived in the United States in the early 17th century, shaped American culture in the 18th century, grew dramatically in the 19th century, and continued to be the guardians of American religious life in the 20th ...

  8. A challenge to the Church in Rome. In art history, the 16th century sees the styles we call the High Renaissance followed by Mannerism, and—at the end of the century—the emergence of the Baroque style. Naturally, these styles are all shaped by historical forces, the most significant being the Protestant Reformation’s successful challenge ...