38,000 Protestant Denominations

by Steve Ray on November 20, 2011

Screen Shot 2011-11-20 at 7.52.44 PMProminent Protestant Church historian Mark Noll has written a helpful introduction to Protestantism entitled Protestantism, A Very Short Introduction in a series of books published by Oxford University Press in London England.

I have posted similar facts in the past, based on the two-volume World Christian Encyclopedia. The same facts are available from other resources as well, but this one is succinct and to the point and from a respected and prominent church historian.

“It is challenging to write a coherent history [of Protestantism] because of the sheer multiplicity of Protestant and Protestant-like churches in the world today. The Atlas of World Christianity, published in 2010, counts more than 4,000,000 individual congregations worldwide, with most of them gathered into more than 38,000 Protestant denominations.” (pg. 9)

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Jeff Foster November 20, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Do I have to attend all 38,000 to discover which one has “The Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth?” Is it any wonder why non-church people laugh at the Christian community seeing the division? Why should they join the merry band of people who can’t get along?

Veronica November 20, 2011 at 8:40 PM

I totally agree with Jeff. And every one of those churches say they only believe what the Bible say and that they don’t follow traditions of men like those “unsaved” Catholics. Indeed we have to pray with Jesus that they may all be one so that the world believes the Father sent him.

Jean January 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I have never, in all my Catholic life, been to a Mass (or any Catholic gathering for that matter) — and I AM a Catholic who attends Mass whenever obligated and more — during which anyone, be it a priest, deacon, lay minister, fellow Catholic, etc., has maligned any Protestant denomination. In fact, we often pray for our Protestant brothers and sisters, and for unity once again.
This article, and every time I see or hear of a Protestant denomination of which I’ve never heard before, always brings to mind the words, “Divide and conquer.” I think it must be Satan’s favorite mantra.
Let’s continue to pray for them and for each other.

De Maria June 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM


Ora et labora

We must pray and work for unity. I believe that pointing out the errors in Protestant theology will hasten that unity for which we pray.


De Maria

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