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What are the main differences between Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses?

There are many doctrinal and practical differences between Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. I think it will be difficult to arrange a complete and comprehensive list, but below are a collection of ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

The branches come from difference in opinion. Here is a diagram showing where Christianity diverged. Image source From the beginning Christianity diverged from Judaism1: where Christianity ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

Such a simple question, and so difficult to provide a simple answer! Probably the main reasons for Christianity dividing into branches and sects are: (a) issues of dogma: disagreements about points ...
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What are the primary differences between these Lutheran denominations?

This is a quick rundown, keeping in mind that not every individual parish fully subscribes to everything their parent organization does (don't judge a book by its cover, but be aware of the ...
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What is the gist of CARM's criticism of Joyce Meyer?

CARM has said a few things about Joyce Meyer and has called some of her teachings heresy. [CARM was] glad to see an affirmation [in Meyer's teachings] of the Trinity, that man is a sinner, that ...
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What are the differences between Catholics and the Jehovah's Witnesses

At the most fundamental level, Roman Catholics subscribe to the Nicene Creed, Jehovah's Witnesses do not. (JWs would call the Creed itself heresy, so this is not a slam.) This means that unlike 98% ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

The other answers here are good, but I'll try to directly address some questions with more detail. And this is the sort of question where a lot of answers are "it's complicated, and no one perspective ...
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What Christian groups do not observe or celebrate the Eucharist?

Two significant groups at least loosely associated with Protestantism that don't observe communion are The Salvation Army and the Quakers. The rationale for the Salvation Army's position is more ...
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What Christianity offers which other religions cannot?

C.S. Lewis answered this question: During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began ...
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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The 39 Articles are the foundational document of Anglicanism (though not all Anglicans accept them now). The major points of difference with Catholicism which are explained in the Articles are: ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christian denominations to believe in a visible appearance of Christ Jesus when he returns?

Here are a few references to Jesus return: Heb 9:28, “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who ...
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How similar was the resurrected body of Jesus to his physical human body?

Oh man this is a good question! As always, coming from a Catholic perspective: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say about resurrection generally: What is "rising"? In death, ...
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How similar was the resurrected body of Jesus to his physical human body?

Early on, the Church fought against a heresy known as Docetism. Docetism taught that Jesus only appeared to look like a man, but in reality was not. Any teaching that denied the existence of Jesus' ...
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What are the main differences between Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses?

Using the LDS Articles of Faith (in bold-to clarify only) to examine only principle beliefs one can see the similarities and differences. 1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, ...
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What are the main differences between Jehovah's Witnesses and Biblical Unitarians?

Introductory Notes: CSE = Christianity Stack Exchange BU = Biblical Unitarianism JW = Jehovah’s Witnesses CSE Tag Unitarianism = a liberal Christian theological movement (from 1565) known for its ...
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What are the differences/distinctive between the Anglican and Episcopal churches?

Anglican Churches and Episcopal churches are almost all members of the Anglican Communion, a group of churches all associated with the Church of England. As such they all subscribe to a similar ...
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Are there any American Christian denominations that refer to the days of the week by alternate names?

Historically, the Religious Society of Friends—commonly known as Quakers—objected to the common names of week days and of months, for exactly the reason you bring up. The website of the ...
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Is there evidence that Jesus was a Dalai Lama?

No. From Wikipedia: Dalai Lama (UK: /ˈdælaɪ ˈlɑːmə/, US: /ˈdɑːlaɪ ˈlɑːmə/;[1][2] Standard Tibetan: ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ་, Tā la'i bla ma, [táːlɛː láma]) is a title given by the Tibetan people for the ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

Interesting question, but where to start? It’s a big ask! The Wikipedia diagram provided by depperm is a very useful illustration showing the timeline and emergence of the different major branches ...
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What Christianity offers which other religions cannot?

It is impossible to speak for every other religion without knowing what every other religion teaches. However, I can give a brief summary of what I believe is unique about Christianity. “for all have ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the eternal destiny of individuals who die never hearing the Gospel?

What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the eternal destiny of individuals who die never hearing the Gospel? Many peoples have as yet not been evangelized and are considered uncontacted people! ...
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Why there isn't a daily prayer structure like Liturgy of the Hours among Protestants?

As a lifelong Protestant, born into a Protestant family, then converted, personally, at the age of sixteen and a Protestant ever since, it is evident to me - if to no other - that the very nature of '...
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According to LDS, do all non-LDS Christians lack the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and if so, how does this lack manifest itself in the lives of non-LDS?

Terminology The Gift of the Holy Ghost can be a confusing topic in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not because the doctrine is especially complex, but rather because we don't have ...
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Do Latter-day Saints consider Jehovah's Witnesses, Biblical Unitarians and any other groups that deny the divinity of Jesus to be 'true Christians'?

Many years ago I created a simple statement... I wish everyone would be Mormons... Knowing that I won't see that, I wish everyone would be Christians... Knowing that I won't see that, I wish everyone ...
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What is the relation between Christianity and Islam

I read a lot on Islam and Quran, and I think best source to know and understand something is to listen to it directly from its sources. I also read the material like this, which they use to convert ...
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What is the relation between Christianity and Islam

The fundamental claim of Islam is that there is only one God and Mohammad is his prophet. This is believed because it is written in the Qur'an. The Qur'an is believed to be true based on Mohammad's ...
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What theological teachings of Watchman Nee, Witness Lee, and the Local Churches differ from Reformed Theology

Thanks for the great question. This is an answer from what I know. Reformed theology would hold to the definition of a church showing 3 marks: the Word rightly upheld, preached and read the ...
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Did any of the Catholic or Protestant paramilitary groups of the Northern Ireland conflicts of the 60s and 70s ever have an actual theological creed?

The paramilitary organisations did not hold particular theological positions and members were not, in general, especially pious. They were, for the most part, members or adherents of their respective ...
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What is the difference between "ransom theory" and "penal substitution"?

This question is a bit old, but there is an omission in the only answer. fi11222's answer states that both ransom and penal substitution theories of atonement view God as needing payment of some form. ...
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What are the differences in belief regarding Hesychasm between the Chalcedonian (Eastern) and Non-Chalcedonian (Oriental) Orthodox Churches?

As a Coptic Orthodox Christian, many of the differences between the two Churches results in the language and definitions of some key orthodox concepts. In fact, much of the Christology of both ...
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