Streams of Christianity


Recently I was asking myself why I do not believe in Reformed Theology. (I critically analyze everyone and everything…even my own established beliefs.)

Anyway, as part of that particular exercise, I started reflecting on the kinds of churches I have attended in my life. For the record, I was raised Roman Catholic, and now I am Protestant. I spent a number of years in the Vineyard, Assembly of God, Calvary Chapel and Foursquare. And along the way, I have visited a few dozen other types of churches.

This prompted me to make a diagram of some streams of Christianity. These are mostly what we call denominations, and by admission, it is woefully incomplete. It is an effort to generalize labels, and mostly from a US perspective. It does not include groups like the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses…or the Worldwide Church of God. Besides that, another reason I know it is not complete is because I have heard there are approximately 40,000 denominations in the world today.

Anyway, I decided to share and it is shown above. (click image for a larger view)

By using this, I can start in the lower right corner and trace back to John Wesley’s Methodist Church (1791), then to the Anglican Church of England (1534), then to Roman Catholicism which was organized roughly in 400; and prior to that, to the early Church, Jesus, the Jews and then all the way back to Moses and Abraham.

How cool is that to be able to trace my spiritual heritage across the ages and back all that time. I feel as if I know a little better, my place in history and HIS-story…that is, God’s story.


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