- Nov 23, 2013
interesting .. I just did the math on the 33,000 denominations within Protestantism ..I agree. However, the majority of the 33,000 denominations, at least, claim these things. They claim to follow God's Word, believe in the holy trinity, observe the festivals, and the teachers of each given church claim it was the Holy Spirit that told them it was the right denomination.
Who determines proper translation of scripture if they all claim they have it via the Holy Spirit?
Luther, Zwingli and Calvin never agreed on anything ..
so now I understand why there are so many denominations in Protestantism ..
they each pick and choose a different Reformers views in one of the doctrines ..
so if you have 3 reformers with different views ..
and 6 main doctrines ..
that makes 18 different doctrines to choose from ..
making 18,564 different combinations of those 6 main doctrines possible .
Martin Luther 1483-1546, German Reformer, based in Wittenberg
Ulrich Zwingli 1484-1531, Swiss Reformer, based in Zurich
John Calvin 1509-1564, French Reformer, based in Geneva
Luther, Zwingli and Calvin were the “big three” of the Reformation, but others such as John Knox in Scotland, Martin Bucer of Strassburg, Philip Melanchthon in Germany (Luther’s associate and architect of the Augburg Confession) and Thomas Cranmer in England formed something of a “second string” of Reformers that nevertheless contributed significantly to the movement.
Luther, Zwingli and Calvin led what is sometimes called the Magisterial Reformation, so named because it used the civil authority of the magistrates to further its agenda. But there was also the Radical Reformation, which was rejected by the Magisterial Reformers no less than by the Catholic Church.
The Radical Reformation began in Zurich, in the early 1520s. In part, it was a response to Zwingli’s reforms, which the Radical Reformers thought insufficient. Zwingli disagreed, of course, and he dubbed the Radical Reformers Anabaptists (“rebaptizers”) because they insisted on the rebaptism of those baptized as infants.