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Individual Christian denominations,
from the Amish to The Way

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Which faith groups are Christian?

Some Christians commit a great deal of energy debating precisely which of the 1,000 or so North American faith groups are Christian and which are either sub-Christian, quasi-Christian, non-Christian or even anti-Chrisitan. There are probably hundreds of lists of "valid" Christian denominations in existence -- all different.

This web site uses a very simple, inclusive description of Christianity. We define as Christian any faith group or individual that sincerely, thoughtfully, seriously, and prayerfully regards themselves to be Christian. We consider faith groups as diverse as the 1st century CE Jewish Christians under the leadership of James, Gnostic Christians ancient and modern, Eastern Orthodox church members. Roman Catholics, United Church members, Mormons, Unificationists, Jehovah's Witnesses and followers of hundreds of other faith groups to be Christian. We recognize that some groups and individuals have a much more restrictive definition of "Christian." In fact, we receive a lot of complaint E-mails on this very topic.

Another question that surfaces from time to time is which of the many denominations is the "true church." No resolution to that question appears to be possible. Many Christian denominations regard themselves to be the only "true" church, and view the other churches as partly or completely in error. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be possible to assess the will of God on this and other matters.

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Divisions within Christianity:

In its earliest years, the Christian religion was divided into many different religious movements of which three groups: the Gnostic Christians, Jewish Christians, and Pauline Christians were the largest. The first almost disappeared. The second did disappear. Almost all current Christian groups trace their lineage back to the Pauline Christian movement.

Today, there are many ways of classifying the over 1,000 Christian faith groups in North America:

bullet Into three to eight meta-groups (e.g. Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican),

bullet By "wing" (e.g. conservative, mainline, and liberal),

bullet By theological belief system (Calvinism, Arminianism, etc.)

bullet By religious family, (Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, etc.), and

bullet By individual denomination.

Some individual denominations are listed below.

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star Some individual denominations are:

bullet The Amish

bullet The Brethren

bullet Catholic Church (Roman Catholic)

bullet Children of God

bullet Christadelphians

bullet Christian Science

bullet The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

bullet Eastern Orthodox churches

bullet The Family (David Berg), (a.k.a. Family of Love)

bullet Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

bullet Polygynists in Bountiful, British Columbia, Canada

bullet The "Garbage Eaters": common derogatory name for The Brethren

bullet Gnosticism

bullet Jehovah's Witnesses

bullet LDS Restorationists: a group of denominations who link their history to Joseph Smith's church

bullet Messianic Judaism & "Jews for Jesus"

bullet Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

bullet Orthodox churches

bullet The Process

bullet Progressive Christianity

bullet Quakers (Society of Friends)

bullet Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Now called the Community of Christ

bullet Roman Catholic Church

bullet Seventh-Day Adventist Church

bullet Society of Friends (Quakers)

bullet Two by Twos ("The Jesus Way", "The Church with no Name", etc)

bullet Unification Church

bullet Unitarian-Universalism (About 10% of UU members consider themselves to be Christian)

bullet United Pentecostal Church International

bullet Unity Church in Canada

bullet Unity School of Christianity

bullet Urantia Book

bullet Worldwide Church of God

bullet The Way International

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Related information on this web site:

bullet Religious information menu: world data, North American data, religious holy days, etc. 

bullet Religious self-identification in the U.S.

bullet Size of various Christian faith groups

bullet Restorationists: a group of Christian denominations who believe that Christianity went astray early in its history. They believe that they have restored Christianity to its original form.

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Latest update: 2012-AUG-24

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