Watching 'God in America' on PBS last week made me reflect on all the division within Christianity:
Martin Luther founded the Lutheran Church in Germany in 1517
King Henry VIII founded the Anglican Church in England in 1533
John Calvin founded the Presbyterian Church in Switzerland in 1555
John Smyth founded the Baptist Church in Amsterdam in 1609
John Wesley founded the Methodist Church in England in 1738
Joseph Smith founded the LDS in the US in 1830
Charles Russell founded the JWs in the US in 1879
Feliz Manalo founded Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines in 1914
Ron Hubbard founded Scientology in the US in 1952
Chuck Smith founded Calvary Chapel in the US in 1965
Numerous non-denominational churches have been founded throughout the US (and probably elsewhere in the world) and we have denominations within denominations (1st Baptist, 2nd Baptist, Southern Baptist, Reformed Baptist, Free Will Baptist).
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 9:44 AM on Oct. 19, 2010
Please don't count Scientology in there. L. Ron Hubbard is a science FICTION writer and a fruit and anything he does should NOT be credited as a religion!!!
Answer by Anonymous at 10:11 AM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by jaycietaylorgma at 10:08 AM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by Shanna84 at 10:09 AM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by Gal51 at 11:56 AM on Oct. 18, 2010
"LDS and JW have VERY different views You're right. I'm sorry, I should not have included them. I don't personally view them as Christian either, because they don't believe in the Trinity. I didn't want to exclude a religion in which the members feel they are Christian, to avoid offending them. "I appreciate your concern. As a Jehovah's Witness, I can say that yes, we are Christian. We follow Christ's footsteps very closely , which is why we do not follow a doctrine that did not exist prior to the Nicene Creed, centuries after the death of Christ and the apostles. In any event, all roads do not lead to the same place. Jesus stated as much when he said at Matthew 7:13,14"Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life and few are the ones finding it."
Answer by 69humblepie at 5:13 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by countingsparows at 2:56 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by tasches at 4:47 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by kittieashy at 10:15 AM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by Gal51 at 11:59 AM on Oct. 18, 2010