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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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Seeking a graphic or flowchart of the history of the formation of Christian denominations

Wikipedia's article on Christian denominations appears to have what you are looking for. The major branches are listed in one graphic: Branches of Protestantism are best shown separately, for ease ...
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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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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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How many Christian denominations are there?

I'll restate the comment that this is a hard question to answer because it depends on the definition of denomination and it's hard to count/find every single denomination in the world. The number you ...
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Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs?

Is there any quiz or tool that identifies the denomination which is closest to my personal beliefs? Absolutely, but the true problem here is that there are so many denominations and subsets of those ...
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Has anyone attempted a unified numbering of Ten Commandments?

Has anyone attempted a unified numbering of Ten Commandments? This has, I believe, never been really seriously attempted because of the various ways in which Christians interpret the Sacred Scriptures....
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Have we failed to follow Paul's instructions to avoid in-fighting?

Yes, agreed, the very fact of denominationalism proves that the present day 'churches' (as a conglomerate) are fallen. But that fact does not obliterate the true Body of Christ, despite that it does ...
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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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Is there such a thing as Orthodox Lutheran Christian?

There are several ways in which he could be meaning this. One, there are indeed churches that identify themselves as Orthodox (big-O) Lutheran. For example: Lutheran Orthodox Church and Orthodox ...
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Is it true that Christianity is the most divided religion in the world?

You ask, "Is the Christian community truly so fragmented?" (with some 45,000 denominations). I answer from a Protestant point of view, but Catholics or Orthodox would probably have a ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

I’ve done my best to address three of your sub-questions: Why do we have Christianity if Jesus was a Jew? God has always called prophets to teach the inhabitants of the earth (His children). These ...
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Is there a denomination/sect of Christianity that believes that Jesus was the son of an angel?

Latter Day Saints refer to God the Eternal Father as Elohim, meaning God or gods, and to his Son Jesus Christ as Jehovah (YHWH of the Hebrew Bible): "Elohim is the literal Parent of our Lord and ...
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What are the differences/connections between the Churches of Christ and the Congregational Churches?

Congregationalist churches are of the Protestant Reformed tradition, and go way back to the English Civil War when the King tried to gain control over the governance of the Church. Back in the mid ...
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What is the difference between a denomination and a movement?

A denomination is a group of churches in a formal organisation. There is usually some kind of leadership, some kind of joint document that defines what they believe or do, and usually an official ...
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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

Christians around the world have been forced to meet in secret at various times and places throughout history, and even today there are many countries where Christians must hide to avoid persecution. ...
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Has anyone attempted a unified numbering of Ten Commandments?

There have indeed been attempts unify or recover the "original form" of the Ten Commandments but no such effort has gained much traction in the Ecumenical Movement. Here is one such attempt ...
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Is there a way to find out which denomination a church calling themselves "福音派" belongs to?

"福音派" is romanized as "fū yīn pài". Chinese words are very overloaded, with each having several possible meanings, the intended meaning being determined by the context of the ...
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Are there any Christian sects/denominations which reject that Jesus was born of a woman?

The most likely candidate would be one from the 'stables' of Gnosticism. It initially flourished during the middle of the second century and proved to be a major challenge for early Christianity, not ...
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Are there Christian denominations that expect Jesus to respect denominationalism in the final judgement?

There are quite a few denominations that like to hedge their bets when it comes to declaring their view on the basis of the final judgment, and any link to active membership of their own denomination. ...
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Is Satanism a denomination of Christianity?

No. Christians are followers of the Christ (i.e., Jesus, the King). If a group does not do that, it is not a Christian group.
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What is the source of the count of 40000 denominations, and how are they classified?

The 40,000 figure comes from a chart that is quoted by the "Best Estimates" web site, the estimation comes from the a chart that is linked below originally provided by Gordon Conwell Edu. It is an ...
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Is it true that Christianity is the most divided religion in the world?

Whether or not Christians recognize the unity that exists in the "holy catholic church," all true Christians ARE ONE IN CHRIST. Whether or not Christians act as though they all are one in ...
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Is it frowned upon to alternate between churches of different denominations?

Is it frowned upon to alternate between churches of different denominations? For some denominations yes, but for others no. The New Testament does not directly address the subject of attending two or ...
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Is there an authoritative resource that spells out the differences and similarities of most major denominations?

I have two approaches in mind, really, because I don't know the intention of your question (i.e. finding the best denomination for yourself, or fact-finding for some kind of research project). The ...
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Was Christianity intended to have denominations?

To answer your question we must agree on (a) what "Christianity" is; (b) what we mean by "denominations"; and (c) whose intent we are referring to when we ask, "Was Christianity intended to have ...
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Can we be united in prayer?

The header question is actually a different subject from the body of the question. The body of the question is about 'large groups' and their possible 'objections'. The head question is a fundamental ...
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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

This issue affects all Christians where the state has issued restrictions on worship due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A non-denominational group that serves all Christians on legal issues sent out ...
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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions? It is obvious that some individuals will contradict government requirements in prolonged lockdown ...
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Do different Christian denominations think each other will be saved?

From a conservative Baptist perspective, which I no longer am but with which I am very familiar, the only people who are 'saved' are those who, in acknowledgement of their sin, have relinquished faith ...
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