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Questions tagged [denomination-survey]

For surveys of Christian denominations. For the concept of "denomination," see [denomination], and for comparing denominations, use [comparative-christianity]

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Religious Offshoots of Christianity Ranked by Population

This seems like the best place to ask this question from the sites: There seems to be a clear consensus on the religions ranked by population, with Christianity at the top with a little over a ...
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Which denominations believe in modern (ongoing) revelation?

Which denominations believe in the concept of modern revelation? The one that immediately comes to mind is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but what about other denominations? EDIT: ...
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What denominations of Christianity forbid meat from strangled animals?

In Acts 15, at the end of the Apostolic Council the Church sends the following letter to Gentile Christians: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria ...
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Modern Hesychasm in Christianity

There is a hindu contemplative tradition called self-inquiry, where a seeker of God asks "who am I?" to expose the person as unreal (a collection of self-image, body, identification, etc.) The ...
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Is Methodism more strict in biblical interpretation? [closed]

I just wanted to know that is John Wesley and his denomination Methodism more literalist, fundamentalist and strict in their interpretation of the Holy Bible or not?
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What is the Catholic Church's position on a divorced man attending services

I would like to join a Catholic church with my 13 year old son. I am a 47 year old man that was divorced in 2006. If I’m able to, I would like to find a Catholic church for my son and to attend ...
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A Question Regarding the Variation of Doctrines within Christendom [closed]

All Christians (Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholics) have access to the canonized 66 books of the OT and NT. Putting that into perspective, why is there such a great amount of variation in ...
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Which denominations regulate how a cross is worn on the body? [closed]

In public and private, people wear many different crosses in many manners. Which denominations hold any principles, explicit or implicit, that govern the display of crosses on the body? Speculating, ...
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Reformed Theology [closed]

Can anyone point me to a scholarly article or book that clearly, definitively, and authoritatively defines what qualifies a person or denomination as "reformed"? I've heard Presbyterians claim that ...
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The rules on how and when people can wear a cross [closed]

Which principles govern the wearing of crosses? Do some denominations require that it touch the skin, or that it never be removed? Will a cross hung on the neck and one on an ear have different ...
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Which non LDS Christian denominations believe in baptism after death?

The LDS Church believes that it is possible for individuals to be baptized after death (in particular, their descendants can be baptized on their behalf, and if they accept the covenant of baptism ...
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Which Christian denominations believe there is a biblical basis for hunting animals for sport?

We learn from Genesis (1:27) that man is created in the image and likeness of God. Christians are commanded to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). These taken ...
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Looking for the right Church [closed]

I'm Tom and I am from India (South) and it's been 4 wonderful months here in the US. I came here to do my masters study in computer science. I've been struggling hard to find a right church here. I ...
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From the perspective of Roman Catholicism, what do Orthodox churches have to do to become “Eastern Catholic Churches”?

Recently I answered a question and included an image that attempts to portray, among other things, the relationship between the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches: ...
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Can I be baptized as a non-Catholic Christian if I was baptized as a Catholic when I was little?

I was baptized as a Catholic at a young age, however have never attended a Catholic church or mass, or otherwise practiced Catholicism. Instead, I now am a non-Catholic Christian. Would other ...
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How many Christian denominations are there?

I read that there are over 30,000 denominations. At the same time, I have read that this number is a gross exaggeration. How many Christian denominations are there?
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Which denominations teach that Christ received the Holy Spirit at His Baptism by John?

A Christian from an unspecified confession made the statement to me recently that "The holy spirit was fully given to Christ at his baptism in order to give it to others through his resurrection". ...
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Are there any Christian Restorationist denominations that believe their establishment was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy?

Are there any Christian Restorationist denominations that believe their establishment was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy? If so, which denominations and which prophecies?
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What type of church or Christian would a Rob Bell follower be or attend?

I am a Rob Bell follower in the sense that I believe his teaching brings value and are intellectual, and his way of looking at the faith and the Bible make the most sense without just using "that is ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that reject some of the gospels in the New Testament?

Are all four gospels in the NT accepted by every Christian denomination (whether trinitarian or non-trinitarian)? For example, you could have a christian denomination that accepts Mark’s gospel but ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that deny the existence of an afterlife?

The Sadducees in ancient Israel rejected the very idea of there being an afterlife. They claimed that the punishment and curses as well as the blessings and rewards described throughout the Bible are ...
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What is the difference in doctrine between the Pentecostal church and the Assemblies of God church?

I attend an AG church and am told the AG churches are Pentecostal, but a distinction is drawn between AG and Pentecostal. What's the doctrinal difference?
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Does the Evangelical Lutheran church see Mormons as Christian?

Does the Evangelical Lutheran church see Mormons as Christian? Do they need salvation or are they Christian/saved?
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How prevalent is the group known as the 2x2's?

Recently, while reading a blog about Mormons, I saw a commenter saying something to the effect that he had been raised in a similarly strict upbringing called the 2x2's. I have found a little bit of ...
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In the Christian Reformed Churches, who evaluates the pastor's theological beliefs?

Note: This question is admittedly a bit technical, but I hope it serves to clarify differences in polity between two distinct but related Reformed traditions in the US. In the brand of ...
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Why did the Presbyterian Church of Korea split in 1959?

The number of Presbyterian denominations in Korea is breathtaking: Wikipedia lists dozens of them. From what I can tell, most of these denominations originate in the Presbyterian Church of Korea, ...
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Is Frisbeetarianism a Christian denomination? [closed]

I heard a guy on talk radio talking to a caller who claimed to be a Frisbeetarian. I had never heard of this religion I wondered if it is Christian or some obscure ancient pagan form of religion. Does ...
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What denominations consider Apocrypha to be heretical?

Over several years I have asked several pastors and preachers of differing denominations to comment on some books considered to be Apocrypha. Most generally my question was ignored, but on a couple of ...
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Do any Christian denominations prohibit eating rare meat?

In comments on this question ..What does it mean to abstain from blood in the 21st century?... A user stated that Christians must not eat rare meat because doing so violates the command in Acts 15:28&...
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Do any denominations read Matthew 24:5 as meaning believers in Christ using his good name to deceive many?

Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:5, KJV) This statement when commented on is usually understood as others ...
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Is Calvary Chapel a denomination?

There seem to be many Calvary Chapel churches with no denominational affiliations, but it's unclear whether Calvary Chapel is itself a denomination.
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Are there any groups of Christians who believe that all loans made with their money should be made without the expectation of repayment?

In Luke 6:35, Jesus says that Christians are to: "lend, expecting nothing in return" Are there any denominations or groups in Christianity (past or present) which have taught and acted on the ...
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Do any groups of Quakers still disapprove of the fine arts?

The family of the great painter Benjamin West belonged to a Society of Friends when West was a child, and according to his biography, in that environment his prodigious artistic talents were not ...
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Is there any denomination that fully embraces Dispensational Premillennialism?

I'm not a fan of dispensational premillennialism, but I don't know of any denominations that specifically hold to it. I'm just fairly curious. I've met individual people that believe it, but never an ...
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Do any Protestant denominations recognize Latter Day Saints as Christians?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches do not so that leaves the Protestants. By Protestant, I mean the 'mainstream' Protestant denominations, with minimal (...
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Is the Catholic Church the oldest church? [duplicate]

I read one of your articles which stated that Catholicism was the first Christian religion. I was under the impression that the Chalcedonians and Armenians both predate Catholicism and the Orthodox ...
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How do different Protestant denominations view the relationship between Israel and the Church?

I know there is some complicated theology, which I am not an expert in, regarding what I am about to ask. I honestly don't even know the technical terms for what I am trying to describe. I would ...
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Do any Christian traditions assert that there can be more than one “messiah”? [closed]

Do any Christian traditions assert that there can be more than one messiah? Does the term 'messiah' as carried over from Hebrew thought come to mean a singular entity, utterly unique or is this a term ...
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Are there any followers of Catharism today?

I'm interested by Catharism. Is there anywhere in Christendom where this faith has reappeared since being suppressed in the Middle Ages? I know that today some people in France, near Spain, are ...
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What Christian denominations accept the idea of a pre-Genesis creation?

Some Biblical Scholars insist on a pre-genesis creation in which the angelic beings were made, this creation pre-dates the 6 day creation of the 'heavens and the earth' mentioned in Genesis 1:1. This ...
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Are there any major Protestant denominations that have rejected salvation by faith alone?

According to the Wikipedia article on Sola Fide: "Faith alone" is foundational to Protestantism, and distinguishes it from other Christian denominations. According to Martin Luther, justification ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that incorporate Odinism?

Are there any Christian denominations or specific churches that incorporate Odinism or Odinistic cultural traditions? Perhaps, as a way to show that the original religion of northern Europe was not ...
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What is a word to describe someone who is not a Protestant?

I've been wondering for a while if there is a word (or concise phrase) that can be used to mean someone who is not Protestant. Something that specifically groups Catholics, and Eastern Rite followers (...
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Are there any non-pacifist traditions that object to military chaplaincy?

I'd like to know if there are any non-pacifist Christian traditions or denominations, either historical or contemporary, that object to individual participation in the military as a non-combat ...
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Are there any christian denominations that think having concubines is sin and why?

Many christians think that sex outside marriage is a sin. What about concubines? Abraham and David had concubines. Is it a sin to have sex with concubines you do not marry? If so, where in the bible ...
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Why aren't the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches in communion with each other?

Both the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Church worship the same God and the Blessed Mother Virgin Mary and the Saints and the Holy Trinity. Do language and cultural differences separate them? What ...
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Denominations that interpret Matthew 5:32 & 19:9 as NOT permitting divorce in the case of adultery?

Which denominations interpret these verses as not permitting divorce in the case of adultery, for those in a valid marriage? St. Matthew 5:32But I say to you, whosoever shall dismiss his wife, ...
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Do any denominations besides the United Church of God commemorate Jesus' death on a Wednesday?

Other questions and answers have established that Jesus may have actually died on a Wednesday rather than a Friday. Have any Christians other than the United Church of God reached the Wednesday ...
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144,000: is there any denomination or group holding this symbolic interpretation?

Motivation: We know that a way to express fullness or completion in Hebrew is to double the word, e.g. Isaiah 26:3 speaks of perfect peace as shalom shalom. And there are clear cases in Revelation ...
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Why do people call Mary Magdalene the “Black Madonna”?

Today I heard something most peculiar, and was wondering if there is a Biblical basis and/or if there were other denominations that teach this. An older gentleman whom I know very well, and almost ...