Christianity


When began, it was one religion with one denomination.
Now it has grown into one of the main world religions with many different
denominations. Over the years, as one church split from another and
opposition became common, the beliefs began to change, though the core has
still remained. Fifteen of the most common Christian denominations follow,
with their similarities and differences exposed.
In all Christian churches certain rituals are present. However,
what they are called and how many are recognized tends to vary. Both ROMAN
and ORTHODOX CATHOLICS recognize seven sacraments. EPISCOPALIANS and
LUTHERANS accept only two sacraments officially, Baptism and Holy
Communion, but they ...

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of the term "sacrament."

Though all the Christian denominations practice Baptism, they
disagree on when they should do so. ROMAN CATHOLIC, EPISCOPALIAN, LUTHERAN,
PRESBYTERIAN, REFORMED, and METHODIST churches baptize both infants and
adult converts. Baptism is prior to Confirmation, which typically occurs
between the ages of 12 and 16. In the REFORMED CHURCH, Confirmation is
optional and very flexible. The ORTHODOX CATHOLICS, NAZARENES, WESLEYANS,
BAPTISTS, ADVENTISTS, and members of the CHURCH OF CHRIST, FULL GOSPEL
CHURCH, ASSEMBLY OF GOD, and UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH believe in Baptism
of believers only who have made a personal confession of faith. Both
EPISCOPALIANS and members of the UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH believe that
baptism indicates a finalization to the salvation process.

In Baptisms, there are several different modes that may be used:
sprinkling, pouring, and immersion. ROMAN CATHOLICS normally baptize by
pouring or immersion, but may occasionally sprinkle. To ...

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actual Body and Blood of Christ and, like
REFORMED and METHODIST Christians, Communion is recognized as a "Holy
Sign." NAZARENES, WESLEYANS, BAPTISTS, and ADVENTISTS, as well as members
of the FULL GOSPEL CHURCH, CHURCH OF CHRIST, ASSEMBLY OF GOD, and UNITED
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH regard Communion as a remembrance and celebration of
Christ's Death.

Each denomination has its own set of rituals, most of which are
extremely diverse. ROMAN CATHOLICISM has a structured, liturgical form of
worship and is one of the only Christian religions, excepting ORTHODOX
CATHOLICS and EPISCOPALIANS, to allow the use of both statues and
pictorial images as methods of focusing faith in worship. The ...

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