Christianity, The World 's Largest Religion

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Christianity consists of a lot more then what most people perceive of it. Not only is Christianity the world’s largest religion, but also includes more than 25,000 different denominational groups. The three branches of Christianity are Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. Each of these branches have numerous denominations within them. For instance, Protestantism includes Lutherans, Baptist, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals. Ongoing conflicts about beliefs and practices caused the creation of these denominations. In 1504, the first division of Christianity into branches occurred with the creation of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. They separated due to the difference in belief of whether or not the Pope was the head of the church or not. They began the divide after the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 CE. This was an ongoing conflict that finally ended during the “Great Schism,” when Pope Leo IX excommunicated the patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius. In response, the patriarch of Constantinople excommunicated Pope Leo IX. Protestantism arose in the 16th century, during the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was considered to be the father of the Protestant Reformation and the first Protestant after he posted a list of “95 Theses” against indulgences on the door of the church at Wittenberg.
Each denomination has their distinct beliefs, practices, and structure. All of the different…
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