I have heard that there are over 20,000 or 30,000 different denominations of Protestants. But I just did a little research and I am afraid it is a distortion. I am a Catholic who converted from a zealous Protestantism. I know there are way too many divisions in the body of Christ but this figure is not accurate b/c the authors from which this figure comes counted a church as a NEW or ANOTHER denomination just because it was in a different country. So the Roman Catholic Church…ONE UNIFIED CHURCH is counted as having over 200 denominations according to the method of counting denominations, just because the Roman Catholic Church is in over 200 different countries, which is just completely inaccurate.
So, if the Southern Baptist Church is found in the USA, Canada, and England it was counted as three denominations when it really should have been counted as one.
The source of this misinformation is the World Christian Encyclopedia by Barrett. You can see for yourself by clicking the Link Here.
If anyone has an accurate count of actual denominations of Non-Catholic and Non-Orthodox Protestant Christians I would be interested in knowing how many there really are b/c I don’t want to be repeating misinformation.
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