A Layman's Guide To: Why Are There So Many Christian Denominations?

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - History - 292 pages
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This history of the origins and development of Christian denominations is in layman's language. Readers will not become bogged down in technical or archaic terms. Begin by reading about the Christian groups, denominations, that developed in the time between Jesus' crucifixion and the formal origins of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. Learn how the Roman empire came to accept Christianity as its religion, of the cooperation and struggles between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches and how that led to their separation. Read about how the Black Death, the Crusades, the struggles within the Roman Catholic Church led some church leaders, such as Martin Luther, to attempt to reform the church, and how those attempts led to The Reformation. That opened the door to England declaring that the Church of England, the Anglican Church is the true Christian church. John Calvin laid the ground work for what became the Presbyterian and the Reformed churches. Then came the Huguenots and the Walloons, and the Puritan-Pilgrims who came to America and evolved into such as the Congregationalists. Back in England the Quakers experienced persecution that encouraged them to move to America. John Wesley began what evolved into Methodism. The American Revolution caused American churches of English origin to separate from their English roots and to become such as the Episcopalians and the Methodists. Read about the history of the many denominations that have come into being in The United States. There are the numerous "Christian" churches, the Unitarians, Spiritualist churches, Mormons, Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Pentecostalism and many independent non-denominational churches. It is fascinating history, and all in layman's language.
 

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Contents

Getting Started
1
From Crucifixion to Emperor Constantine about AD 300
11
Roman Emperor Constantine Makes Christianity Legal
21
From ProtoOrthodox to Roman Catholic
31
Defeat of the Roman Empire and Division of the Church
43
The Eastern Orthodox Byzantine Church
51
7The Dark Ages
56
Christian Missionaries from the Disciples and Paul Onward
61
The Great Awakening
181
Christian Churches
185
Unitarian Universalists
192
Spiritualist Churches Such as the Swedenborgian
197
MormonsLatterday Saint
201
23 Adventist Churches including Seventhday Adventist
213
24 Jehovahs Witnesses
218
Christian Science
224

Roman Church Unintentionally Prepares the Way for Protestantism
66
10 Martin Luther the Reformation and Lutherans
81
11 Anabaptists Baptists and Baptism
97
Henry VIII the Anglican Communion and Episcopalians
111
13 John Calvin Presbyterians and the Reformed Churches
121
14 The Huguenots and the Walloons
141
The Puritans and the CongregationalUnited Church of Christ
145
FriendsQuakers
155
John Wesley and Methodism
163
Pentecostalism
227
The Catholic Church in America
237
The Orthodox Churches in America
247
Independent NonDenominational Churches
254
What Have We Learned?
263
Appendix A Books That Provided Significant Reference
264
Keeping the Calendar Correct
272
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