Who Speaks for the Church?

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Since the Reformation, the Christian world has splintered exponentially. The 2001 edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia records 33,830 distinct Christian denominations across the world. One of the largest categories of Christians–in fact, second only to Roman Catholicism–is "Independent." The 386 million self-described Independent Christians outnumber Protestants by more than 40 million adherents. The rise of such independency, which embraces a "post-denominational" model of ministry, reflects a growing appreciation for the Anabaptist wing of the Reformation, commonly called the Radical Reformation to distinguish it from both the Lutheran and Calvinist Magisterial Reformation and ...

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