Differences Of Christianity And Christianity In North America

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Group Paper The Christian faith and its denominations in North America are similar in many ways and different in many as well. The four main traditions are: Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Orthodox. Of these four major traditions Catholic makes up the most at 50 percent while Protestant and Pentecostal are both 20 percent each and the last 10 percent being orthodox. These four big traditions of Christianity are all part of one family tree.
Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism share common roots in the church of the old Christian Roman Empire and have histories that intertwine back to their roots, which trace back to Jesus and his disciples. Orthodoxy and Christianity had a slow separation starting around the year 300, mainly since
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Then Pentecostalism broke off from Protestantism in 1906. For Protestantism and Pentecostalism is the emphasis placed on word versus spirit. Protestants tend to be word oriented, emphasizing the content of the biblical revelation and its logic-based interpretation while Pentecostalism focuses more on spirit and the experienced reality of God in one’s life and in the world. The Catholic Tradition is housed entirely in one specific church, the Roman Catholic Church, which is headed by the pope. For Catholics, there is no difference between saying one is a Christian and saying one is a member of the church (meaning the Catholic Church). Orthodox Christians have a similar church centered point of view, but they believe the church universal is embodied in a limited number of mutually, respectful, ethnically distinct, and spiritually equal Orthodox churches. Orthodoxy is not a church; it is a closely connected network of churches. In contrast to those, Protestant and Pentecostal are best understood as Christian movements not churches. Catholic and Orthodox place a great value on historical precedent. The actions they make today are expected to be consistent or at least compatible with past behaviors …show more content…
These settlers promoted a strictly reformed, Calvinist vision of Protestant faith. Puritans were often harassed for their views and their dream was to create a “new” England in North America where they worship God as they please. They were harassed because they only believed in following their own religion. Those who maintained their communal purity, some were banished or executed who brought divergent religious views in the region. There was a great exception to the patronization of religious uniformity to Rhode Island, this colony actively championed religious freedom for everyone. Other New Englanders disapproved of this colony, but also found the use for identifying it as “latrine” of the region, a place where they can flush religious

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