I'm hoping someone can refer me to a graphic, flowchart or even a list of when various Christian denominations formed. For example, a biggie is the Lutheran church breaking off from the Catholic church. Or the Anglican church splitting off from the Catholic one. Will appreciate any help, thank you.

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  • What is wrong with the numerous flowcharts you find if you google 'flowchart of christianity'?
    – depperm
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 14:29
  • I shall do just that - had been looking at some sources I was familiar with, to no avail, and simply didn't realize that the Google "Images" search results might do the trick. And it just did. Ran the search and got tons of charts, etc. As they say, sometimes the result is just under our nose. Thanks for pointing out the obvious, suppose I needed it.
    – user34498
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 14:36

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Wikipedia's article on Christian denominations appears to have what you are looking for. The major branches are listed in one graphic:

Major branches within Christianity

Branches of Protestantism are best shown separately, for ease of viewing:

Protestant branches

Note that these are simple representations of complex movements, so lines connecting one tradition with another won't provide the whole picture. But this should help get you started in seeing the big picture of Christian traditions.

  • This is a great answer! I guess I would only add that Adventism did not come directly from the Methodist denomination, but from many different denominations that came out of their churches and awaited the Second Coming of Christ. After the Great Disappointment many left, but then after careful study of Scripture, the Seventh Day Adventist church was organized. Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 16:15
  • @jlaverde Yes, many Protestant denominations would say something similar – that they had a variety of influences that lead to their formation. Pentecostalism could also have a dotted line to the Baptists, for example. But that's what I try to convey in my last paragraph – a simple graphic like this can't handle all the subtleties of religious movements. Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 16:17
  • Understood. Great job on this answer! Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 16:19
  • The only nit I would have is that the upper graphic shows the Eastern Rite Catholic churches (called "Unia" by the Orthodox) somehow branching off before they united to the Catholic Church. I don't think this is the case.
    – guest37
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 23:47
  • There also have been entire Protestant congregations who have joined/rejoined the Orthodox Church in the latter 20th century (e.g. 17 evangelical congregations in 1987).
    – guest37
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 23:52

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