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Major denominations and religions of the world
.A religious denomination is a subgroup within a religion that operates under a common name, tradition, and identity.^ This rich diversity reflects our conviction that the religious impulse is common to every human being, and that religion is a cornerstone of democracy and civil society.
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^ The most independent religious organizationscontinue to operate under significant restrictions and pressure imposed on them by the Cuban regime.
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^ Other people may name the denomination, but choose it as their religion only because they recall its name as the church their grandfather attended as boy.
  • Major Religions Ranked by Size 12 September 2009 12:39 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The term describes various Christian denominations (for example, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicanism, and the many varieties of Protestantism).^ Many Protestant denominations are represented, including Baptist, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Pentecostal churches.
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^ Baha'i Buddhism Confucianism Hinduism Islam Judaism Orthodox Eastern Church Protestantism Catholicism Shinto Taoism In modern Western thought, the first writers to divide the world into "world religions" were Christians.
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^ Ginger Rogers' autobiography includes many other examples of her and her family's devotion to Christian Science, most of which have not been excerpted here.
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.The term also describes the four branches of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist), and describes the two main branches of Islam (Sunni and Shia).^ It is the main branch of Islam and recognizes the legitimacy of the first four caliphs.
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^ RELG 101 - (3) (Y) Introduction to Western Religious Traditions Studies the major religious traditions of the Western world; Judaism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam.
  • Department of Religious Studies 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.virginia.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ It is not described as a National Curriculum subject for two main reasons, .
  • Introduction to Religious Edu... 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC docs.google.com [Source type: Original source]

.In Hinduism, the major deity or philosophical belief identifies a denomination, which also typically has distinct cultural and religious practices.^ Critics and defenders of religious belief and practice.
  • Religion | General Studies 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.gs.columbia.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ In repairing damage caused by alcoholism, drug addiction, and marital breakdown, religious belief and practice are a major source of strength and recovery.
  • Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.nd.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ MWF 2:30-3:20 We will study the major religious beliefs, ideals, practices and experiences of the important Eastern traditions.
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The major denominations include Shaivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism, Smartism and Halumatha.

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Formation of denominations

.Denominations often form slowly over time for many reasons.^ Words we have spoken many times can be transformed; actions we have often performed or seen can be brought to life.
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.Due to historical accidents of geography, culture and influence between different groups, members of a given religion slowly begin to diverge in their views.^ Religion and Visual Culture (3) Cross-cultural introduction to complex relations between religion and seeing.
  • Case Western Reserve University - General Bulletin 2009-2011 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.case.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ In the past, courts often ignored the distinction between illegal and prohibited groups, and frequently convicted members of unapproved Muslim groups under both statutes.
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^ Historical survey of the development and influence of religions in the U.S. with emphasis on the unique role of religion in American culture.
  • Florida International University Course Catalog 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC catalog.fiu.edu [Source type: Academic]

.Over time members of a religion may find that they have developed significantly different views on theology, philosophy, religious pluralism, ethics and religious practices and rituals.^ Theology of Religious Pluralism 3 sem.
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^ J.S.R.I. encourages interdisciplinary approaches engaging the following domains: interreligious dialogue, philosophy of religions, political philosophy and political science, ethics, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, educational science and communications theory.

^ In religion people have strongly held views and may be subconsciously defensive.
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Consequently, different denominations may eventually form. .In other cases, denominations form very rapidly, either resulting from a split or schism in an existing denomination, or if people share an experience of spiritual revival or spiritual awakening, and choose to form a new denomination based on that new experience or understanding.^ Data taken from New Zealand national censuses, based on self-identification, down to denominational level.

^ To most people involved in it, their belief is a very private matter which is rarely shared with others, even close friends.
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^ Other denominations had their origins in the Old World, but even these have taken distinctive American forms.
  • United States :: Religious groups -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: Reference]

Examples

.An example within Christianity is the Mennonite and the Church of the Brethren denominations.^ Local authorities continued to pressure Baptist churches associated with the International Council of Churches of Evangelical Christians/Baptists, a denomination that rejects registration on principle, with demands to register their congregations.
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^ For example, Mormons use the Biblical word "saved" to mean "resurrected," but the Bible never uses the word this way, nor do the historical Christian churches.
  • The World Religions - A Brief Summary. 15 September 2009 5:42 UTC www.northforest.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Among other groups are Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, various Eastern churches (including Orthodox), Congregationalists, Reformed, Mennonites and Amish, various Brethren, Unitarians, and the Friends (Quakers).
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.Both denominations are similar in their beliefs, yet they are unique because their traditions were influenced by different founders (Menno Simons and Alexander Mack respectively).^ While such beliefs are diametrically opposed to utilitarian individualism, for whom the individual is the ultimate ontological reality, there are elements in the Christian tradition to which they are not entirely opposed.
  • New Religious Consciousness: Rejecting the Past, Designing the Future 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.religion-online.org [Source type: Original source]

^ People are confused about Humanism partly because the word has different meanings and partly because Humanists themselves hold different beliefs.
  • Humanism: Unbelief, Materialism, Situation Ethics, & Immorality 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.gospelway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Other people may name the denomination, but choose it as their religion only because they recall its name as the church their grandfather attended as boy.
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.Their division is administrative, and there is much communication and interaction between them.^ Officials of the Presidential Administration, regions, and localities maintain consultative mechanisms to facilitate government interaction with religious communities and to monitor application of the 1997 Law.
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.Since its founding, the Mennonite denomination has split into a number of smaller Mennonite denominations, due to geography, social and theological differences.^ Since each denomination determines its figures differently, variations in denominational reporting methods are described.
  • Andover-Harvard Library - Religious Statistics - Resources 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.hds.harvard.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ The author helpfully describes key differences between denominations, and organizes them into families by confession and polity.
  • Andover-Harvard Library - Religious Statistics - Resources 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.hds.harvard.edu [Source type: Academic]


Another example is the Lutheran Church. .When Martin Luther protested Catholic practices, he and his followers were persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church as heretics.^ That the Catholic Church adopted pagan practices.
  • The World Religions - A Brief Summary. 15 September 2009 5:42 UTC www.northforest.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Some ROC clergy have stated publicly their opposition to any expansion of the presence of Roman Catholics, Protestants, and other non-Orthodox denominations.
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^ Some of the doctrines, teachings, and practices of the Catholic Church which are rejected by most Protestants are: .
  • The World Religions - A Brief Summary. 15 September 2009 5:42 UTC www.northforest.org [Source type: Original source]

This led to the formation of alternative communities of practice that became known as "Lutheran" or "Protestant." Over time, the various churches who considered themselves Lutheran identified with one another and through various definitions of "Lutheran" practices (five solas, priesthood of all believers) the conglomerations of churches formed concrete denominations based on a common school of thought related to these practices. .Even today, there are major ideological differences between different denominations of Lutherans, although there may be significant overlap between their beliefs.^ But there's a big difference between then and now.
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^ It is also important to note that there are genuine historical and cultural differences that help explain the divergences between the U.S. and European approaches to the role of religion in society.
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^ The relationship between religious practice and the moderate use or avoidance of alcohol is well documented, 86 regardless of whether denominational beliefs prohibit the use of alcohol.
  • Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability 23 January 2010 11:28 UTC www.nd.edu [Source type: Academic]

See also

References


Simple English

A religious denomination (also simply denomination) is a subgroup within a religion that has a common name, tradition, and identity.

The term is often used for several Christian denominations (for example, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and the many sorts of Protestantism like Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian and Pentecostal.

It is also used for the four branches of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist), and (less often for the two main branches of Islam (Sunni and Shia).

In Hinduism the major deity or philosophical belief functions as the identifier of a denomination and typically each has distinct cultural and religious practices. The major denominations include Shaivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism, Smartism, and Halumatha.

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