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Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. In RL it generally refers to churches which separated from the Roman Catholic Church in the Reformation (but not to Eastern Orthodox denominations). In NS it may also refer to groups which seperated later or other groups which are ideologically or dogmatically close to the groups mentioned before. The primary principles of the Protestant faith are often referred to as the five solas: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola Christus (Christ alone), Sola fide (Faith alone), Sola gratia (Grace alone), and Soli deo gloria (to God alone the glory). These five slogans mean that the only mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ, that Scripture is the inerrant Word of God containing all truth necessary for salvation, and that justification is by faith through grace, a free gift of God to those who have faith is Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Because of the diversity of Protestant belief structures, not all of the Solas are necessarily upheld by every group considering itself Protestant. Different protestant churches are listed below:
- 1 Anabaptists
- 2 Anglicanism
- 3 Baptist
- 4 Reformed
- 5 Lutherans
- 6 Methodism
- 7 Charismatic
- 8 Quakerism
- 9 Church of Cyro
- 10 Church of Christos Progressa
- 11 The Errikan Church
- 12 A'ae Eil
Anabaptists are a family of Protestant denominations owing their origins to the Radical Reformation. The term means rebaptizers and was coined by critics who objected to the Anabaptist practice of rebaptizing adults who had been baptized as infants. This is because of the most famous Anabaptist doctrine, the belief that infant baptism is not valid.
Lloydminster Hutterite Brethren
The Lloydminster Hutterite Brethren are a communal, agricultural religious group living on lands owned by the community in the Nabarran province of Lloydminster. Like many Anabaptists, they believe in complete pacifism and in living a simple life. They reject much modern technology but do not reject technology as such and often have radios, telephones and automobiles.
The Thorlund Amish are an Old Order Amish community in the Danaan Principality of Thorlund. They are best known for shunning modern technology and for pacifism. They adhere strictly to the Dordrecht Confession of Faith.
United Mennonite Brethren
The United Mennonite Brethren is a Mennonite denomination based in Finara. They are strict pacifists and are also dedicated to public service with most members volunteering at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, free clinics, or disaster relief operations at some point in their lives.
Anglicanism or Episcopalianism is a family of Protestant denominations owing its origins to the Church of England. Anglicanism also includes the continuing Anglican Churches, churches which have seceded from the Church of England but maintain an Anglican theology. In the context of Nationstates, the Anglican family of churches also includes Protestant churches which are theologically modeled on the Church of England but which have no historical connection with her.
(Main article: Anglican church)
The Anglican church is a Christian faith, split from the Roman Catholic faith during the Reformation, with Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical wings. However most Anglicans are probably somewhere in the middle and, in fact, stress that Anglicanism, rightly understood, is Christianity's "Via Media" (middle way) between Catholicism and Protestantism. The Thirty-Nine Articles are the defining statements of Anglican doctrine. They were issued by the Convocation of clergy of the Church of Vordania in 1584 and are printed in the Book of Common Prayer and other Anglican prayer books.
In Christiana Terra, 15% of the population is Protestant, 13% of which of the Anglican Church.
Church of Amory
The Church of Amory is named for the Danaan Principality of Amory where it is the established Christian church. It follows a set of doctrines similar to the Anglican Church and is a member of the Porvoo Communion.
Protestant Episcopal Church in the Resurgent Dream
The Protestant Episcopalian Church in the Resurgent Dream is an Anglican Protestant church in the Resurgent Dream. It splits from the Church of Amory when that body began ordaining women and is generally considered to be a practice a more conservative form of Anglicanism.
Baptists are a family of denominations originating from the Anabaptist movement, although not necessarily adhering to an Anabaptist theology. Baptists tend to stress individual salvation and to stress a believer's baptism by full immersion.
Church of Excalbia
(Main article: Church of Excalbia)
The Church of Excalbia is the state religion in Excalbia. It was established in 1810 by the Emperor in order to give the state religion need a formal structure. Core beliefs are derived from its Baptist roots, including an emphasis on salvation by grace, the individual responsibility of believers, evangelism and the importance of the Bible.
Jasonian Baptist Church
The Jasonian Baptist Church is the major denomonation in The Empire of Jason, and it is much like the RL Southern Baptists. Jasonian Baptists are also known as Imperial Baptists outside of The Empire of Jason.
Commonwealth Baptist Association
The Commonwealth Baptist Association is an association of Baptist congregations in the Commonwealth of Peoples. A congregational governenance system gives autonomy to all individual member churches. In fact, member congregations are only bound by at will affiliation with the Association and can severe there ties with it if and when they choose for any or no reason. Many of the churches in the Association were originally branches of the Church of Excalbia which split off because of that church's episcopal form of organization, although usually only after a dispute between a local congregation and the episcopate over some more specific question.
The Reformed family of denominations consists of those churches which trace their theological heritage from the teachings of John Calvin and, to a lesser extent, those of Ulrich Zwingli and John Knox. While there is great diversity among Reformed churches, they tend to be bound together by a doctrine of predestination, that God has decided since before time who would be saved and who would not. However, even within the Reformed tradition, there is some debate on exactly how this is to be interpreted.
(Main article: Prussian Protestantism)
The Greater Prussian Empire considers itself the heart of Protestantism in NationStates, with its rulers claiming that the Greater Prussia region is the only solidly Protestant region. Greater Prussian Protestantism is based on the teachings of John Calvin, and adheres strictly to the principles put down in the Westminster Confession of Faith, tending to be very orthodox in its adherence to doctrine. It also has a tendency of supporting autocratic and militaristic leadership that is not present in many other Reformed religious communities.
In Christiana Terra, 15% of the population is Protestant, 2% of which Prussian Protestant.
Dutch Reformed Church
(Main article: Dutch Reformed Church)
The Dutch Reformed Church (in Dutch: Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk) is also based on the teachings of John Calvin. It used to be the largest church in Knootoss and it formerly enjoyed status as the state church. The main Protestant churches in Knootoss have merged into the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk Knootoss (NHKK) the vast majority the 0.79% of the Knootian population that is still Protestant belongs to the NHKK.
Church of Kingladn
The Church of Kingladn is most similar to the real-life Presbyterian Church USA. The largest church in Kingladn, with almost 95% of the national population being members. When the Republic of Kingladn became a monarchy in early 2005, Christianity was declared official religion by King Charles I.
United Presbyterian Church of the Resurgent Dream
Presbyterian Church in Finara
The Presbyterian Church in Finara is the largest Protestant Church in Finara, consisting of over 75% of that nation's Protestants. The Presbyterian Church dominates religious life in the Duchy of Deasrargle.
Danaan National Protestant Church
The Danaan National Protestant Church is a conservative, evangelical church in the Resurgent Dream. Although dominated by Reformed theology, it allows for a degree of abstract theological diversity while maintaining a strict practical moral code for its members. It is known for its very conservative views on the role of women in the Church.
Reformed Church of the Living God
The Reformed Church of the Living God is a more liberal, modernist church in the Reformed tradition. While it adheres to Calvinist doctrines in matters of systematic theology, members of this church often find they have more in common with members of modernist churches of other traditions than with more orthodox Reformed churches.
Because of the widely (but not universally) accepted role of Martin Luther as the originator of the Protestant Reformation, Lutherans play an important role in the history of Protestantism. Some Lutherans consider themselves the core of Protestantism, although this is obviously disputed by most other Protestant groups, especially within the Reformed tradition.
Lutherans place strong emphasis on faith and God's grace as the means to salvation. Lutherans are often associated with the ideals of simple piety, although Lutheran theologians have also produced many complex works of systematic theology. The basic doctrines of Lutheranism are contained in the Book of Concord.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Resurgent Dream
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Resurgent Dream (ELCRD) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Agwenstadt, Thorlund. It is the largest of all Lutheran denominations in the Resurgent Dream, claiming roughly four million members. It is the established church in the Principality of Thorlund.
Danaan Lutheran Synod
The Danaan Lutheran Synod is the second largest Lutheran church in the Resurgent Dream. It is generally considered much more conservative and evangelical than the ELCRD because of its policies of excluding women from ministry, taking a stauncher line on social issues such as divorce and homosexuality (where the ELCRD takes a moderately conservative position), and remaining much more reserved in its ecumenical relations.
Lutheran Church (Finara)
The Lutheran Church (Finara) is a moderate, confessional, evangelical, Protestant, Lutheran, Christian denomination. It is one of the smaller Protestant Churches in Finara with only 1,241 members. It is located primarily in the Duchy of Deasrargle although it also claims a substantial congregation in Arra.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marlund and Pantocratorian Ambara
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marlund is the largest organized religious body in Marlund. It claims a majority of Marlunders as members. It is especially popular among African-Ambarans where it is seen as a very welcome change from the formerly dominant Church of Marlund. While the Evangelical Lutheran Church is conservative and evangelical by international standards, it represents a departure in the direction of modernism, moderation, and ecumenism when situated in the social and historical context of Marlund immediately following the Second Ambaran War. Many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church moved to Pantocratorian Ambara as a result of significant African-Ambaran immigration from Marlund to the Pantocratorian colony after the Second Ambaran War. Initially forming a district within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marlund, it became a separate church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pantocratorian Ambara in order to join the Ambaran National Church Association.
National Sturms Church
The largest religious organization in Sturms descend from the introduction of Lutheranism by Erik Leifsson, in the sixteenth century, and was created as response to the Catholic League of Saint Jacques and Liechtensburg. The National Sturms Church is credited as the first organization to see the problem of liberalism in the country, in 1848, with the "Faithless work" letter, sent to the Prime Minister Lars Eriksson and the King Jan IV, that led to a timid social legislation.
Its views are very oriented to the social message of Jesus Christ, and the lack of faith in the society. The National Sturms Church is neither conservative nor liberal.
Lutheran Church - Arlington Synod
The synod responsible for most of the Lutheran churches in Zwangzug (and the single Lutheran church in Plutoni, membership 720), based out of Arlington. Its doctrine is quite liberal: it ordains women and homosexuals, and performs marriages for the latter the same way as for heterosexuals.
Methodism is a Protestant tradition generally informed by the teachings of John Wesley. Traditional Methodism subscribes to an Arminian theology, emphasizing that salvation is potentially for all people, even though it is conditional upon faith. Grace is granted to all but God allows it to be resisted by those unwilling to believe. However, not all Methodists subscribe to this Wesleyan theology. The most notable exception is the Calvinistic Methodists influential in many Methodist religious communities and especially prominent in heavily Calvinist regions such as Greater Prussia.
Falasturian Methodist Church
(Main article: Falasturian Methodism)
The Falasturian Methodist Church is an offshoot of the Methodist Church established by John Wesley in the mid-18th Century. The Church is largely the same as Wesley's Methodism - a liberal and decentralised form of Protestantism, noted for its members' resolution to abstein from drinking alcohol - however, with King George I's conversion in 1761, it was distanced and eventually seperated from its mother denomination by King George's free hand, essentially working Methodism into Falastur according to his wishes, and not necessarily those of Wesley. Today, 23% of Falasturians claim to be Falasturian Methodists, and a surprisingly high number of those are active, given common apathy for strong religious practise in modern times. However, absteinance from alcohol is largely disappearing as a common practise.
Galvanised Wesleyan Church
(Main article: Galvanised Wesleyan Church)
The Galvanised Wesleyan Church is the official Church of Nova Britannicus, thought to be an off-shoot of the Methodist Church that was brought to Nova Britannicus by the Britannic Empire in the 18th Century and onwards. It is thought that 'Galvanised' could refer to the promtion of unity within Nova Britannicus, or could simply be down to the many Iron Works in its traditional home-city of Widdrington.
Evangelical Methodist Episcopal Church
The Evangelical Methodist Episcopal Church is the largest unified religious organization of any kind in the Resurgent Dream with almost a billion members. Its worldwide membership, which includes congregations in Laneria, Finara, Marlund, Adoki, and Hipolis, is roughly 1.2 billion.
Church of Arrara
The Church of Arrara is a church founded by ministers expelled from the Evangelical Methodist Episcopal Church for allegedly teaching against Articles VIII, IX, and X of their Articles of Religion. The Church of Arrara has an Arminian theology, an episcopal organization headed by the Archbishop of Arrara, and a strong emphasis on honesty and moral uprightness.
Independent Methodist Protestant Church
The Independent Methodist Protestant Church is a theologically conservative, Wesleyan church which broke from the Evangelical Methodist Episcopal Church. While the Independent Methodist Protestants differ with the Evangelical Methodists on a wide variety of issues including the admission of homosexuals as lay members, the ordination of women, and the episcopacy, the break largely arose due to the Evangelical Methodist's increasingly good ecumenical relations with the Catholic Church.
United Protestant Church
Founded in the 1970s in Asyhlo AO, the United Protestant Church was formed from the merger of the local Methodist and Anglican churches due to financial difficulties. It mostly adheres to standard Methodist doctrine. The United Protestant Church operates one church in the capital, Palmela. Approximately 10% of the population claim to adhere to Protestant beliefs, but actual church attendance is much lower.
Charismatics are Christians who believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit most Christians believe to have occurred in the first century, such as healing, miracles, and glossolalia, are available to Christians today and ought to be experienced.
Assemblies of God in Christ
The Assemblies of God in Christ are a Pentecostal religious group with assemblies in the Resurgent Dream, Marlund, Adoki, Laneria, and Pantocratorian Ambara. The assemblies are found predominantly, but not exclusively, among communities of African descent.
Quakerism is a hard branch of Protestantism to define because most Quaker groups lack a hierarchal structure, a creed, or paid clergy. However, the two signature Quaker doctrines are a complete pacifism and a belief that individuals should turn embrace the inner light. This inner light was traditionally considered to be Christ in the heart of the believer. However, some modern Quakers have rejected this, claiming it is possible to be a Quaker without being a Christian.
The Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers) is an unique Christian denomination. It affirms a belief in the Inner Light, or Holy Spirit "God's presence within a person and to a direct and personal experience of God. Quakers believe that God speaks to everyone, but that in order to hear his voice, one must learn to be still and actively listen for it" as well as certain testimonies such as the Peace Testimony which is basically non-violence, or the belief that violence is wrong no matter what.
It also differs radically from other denominations as well in that there is no set organization other than local meetings, which are part of larger groups called quarterly meetings on the regional level, and yearly meetings which may take place on a national or larger regional level. Local congregations meet in monthly meetings, and are largely unorganized with no minister or planned service. Committees and inviduals may be appointed to handle certain functions that an pastor would normally handle, however there is no single person. These people may be called "ministry and oversight committe" or "elders". However, most decisions are reached solely by group conscensus at a monthly "Meeting for Worship with a concern for business". It could be said that it is almost an anarchic way of operation.
Danaan Yearly Meeting
The Danaan Yearly Meeting is an umbrella organization for the Religious Society of Friends in the Resurgent Dream. It consists of 3 quarterly and 25 monthly meetings. There are approximately 916,000 Quakers in the Resurgent Dream.
Religious Society of Friends in Aerion
The Religious Society of Friends is practically the only large scale surviving Christian denomination in the Grand Kingdom of Aerion. There are approximately 750 million Quakers in the Grand Kingdom of Aerion, or approximately 15% of the population.
Church of Cyro
(Main article: Church of Cyro)
The Church of Cyro was originally created by Tzar Richard IV as a way for him to control the Catholic Church in Dyelli Beybi in response to the refusal of the pope to allow him to crusade against non-Catholic States.
After Richard's assassination, Pope Indolence attempted to establish Saint Guineford's as an independent papal state. However, he was defeated militarily by Tzar George VIII and assassinated by a cleric loyal to the Church in Rome. His passing led to the majority of the population reverting to Catholicism and the death of the Church of Cyro as the majority religion in Dyelli Beybi.
Church of Christos Progressa
(Main article: Church of Christos Progressa)
The Church of Christos Progressa (originally Helvetic Christianity) is the largest Christian sect in the Helvetic Confederation.It emerged when Helvetians who were disgruntled with the management of Twentish Catholicism and felt distanced from Twente (The Vatican of Europe) began to develop a more provincial order. The modern Church of Christos Progressa has no masses or services as are found in other churches. Rather, weekly gatherings more closely resemble large discussion groups.
The Errikan Church
The branch of Christianity followed by nearly all Errikans, this church technically has no name. Its policies are known for being very conservative, and it is strong in the belief that all humans are equal in the eyes of God and that scripture is the only voice of God. Recently, the Emperor has been recognized as "the protector of the church," though this position is not official within the church.
(Main article: A'ae Eil)
A'ae Eil is a Church founded in the 17th century in what is now West Ariddia. It originated from an Anglican missionary's attempt to convert the Indigenous Wishi people. When the missionary (Norman Foxwood) died, his Indigenous disciple U Leis elaborated a unique doctrine based upon a fusion of Wymgani traditions and his own interpretation of Scripture. The core idea of the A'ae Eil Church is that the values and practices taught by "Isuhs Wais" (Jesus Christ in the Wymgani language) are essentially the same as traditional Wishi values and practices, which are therefore divinely ordained. The Church encourages a close, critical study of Scripture to reach a better understanding of Isush Wais' teachings, and their bearing on the Wishi traditional way of life. "A'ae Eil" literally means "strength from the sky". The Church defines itself as Christian and Protestant.