I was reading about schisms in Christianity. I could found out a few schisms which has lead to the generation of new churches. But many of those churches were died out after sometime but some of them have grown into churches of varying number of adherents.

I could only identify these many schisms that have lead to a church which is still active in the modern times. I am speaking from a Roman Catholic Church point of view, but I don't anyway hold that the teachings of Roman Catholic Church is superior to the teachings of other churches.

Nestorian Schism has lead to a breakup and the Assyrian Church of the East is still considered as a Nestorian Church because they don't accept the teachings of the First Council of Ephesus in AD 431.

Oriental Orthodox Churches were a result of the rejection of the teachings Council of Chalcedon in AD 451.

The great schism lead to the formation of Eastern Orthodox church.

Now, this is my question.

Is there any other church that is still surviving to present day that has formed due to any schism that has happened before the great schism?

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    You've identified two such Churches - do you mean any other such churches you don't know about? – bruised reed Jun 11 '17 at 8:43
  • Yes. That is my question. Sorry, English is not my first language. – Deepu Jun 11 '17 at 17:56
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    While some beliefs of other schisms persist (e.g. Jehovahs Witnesses hold essentially Arian beliefs), and some are being rehabilitated (e.g. gnosticism - motivated to some extent by Elaine Pagels), I don't think any other particular sect has survived intact. Will be interested in the answers. – guest37 Jun 12 '17 at 13:59
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    "The great schism lead to the formation of Eastern Orthodox church" - Orthodox would say that the great schism led to the the formation of the Roman Catholic Church – guest37 Jun 13 '17 at 16:44
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    @KorvinStarmast - Yes, Coptics are non-Chalcedonian Orthodox that rejected the 4th Ecumenical Council – guest37 Jun 13 '17 at 19:35

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