Denominations Comparison pamphlet
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The best-selling Denominations Comparison pamphlet contains a side-by-side comparison of what 12 Christian denominations believe about God, the Trinity, Jesus, and other spiritual issues. This easy-to-read pamphlet summarizes the beliefs of the different denominations on key topics and includes a "Family Tree of Denominations" which reveals the roots of today's denominations. Denominations Comparison includes a look at: Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Anabaptist, Congregational, Baptist, Presbyterian, Churches of Christ, Adventist, and Pentecostal churches.
12 panels, fits inside most Bibles, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, unfolds to 33 inches long
Each denomination believes in the deity of Christ and the importance of Scripture, so how are the groups different? The Denominations Comparison shows what denominations have in common as well as where they differ. The Denominations Comparison pamphlet compares 12 denominations on 11 different topics, such as:
- When it was founded and by whom
- The number of adherents in 2000
- How Scripture is viewed
- Who God is
- Who Jesus is
- How individuals are saved
- What happens after death
- The definition of the Church
- How each looks at the Sacraments
- Other practices and beliefs
- The major divisions and trends today.
The Denominations Comparison pamphlet is an excellent source for pastors and teachers who want to present denominational beliefs in a concise and focused manner. The full color pamphlet organizes the denominations comparisons in the order in which they came to be, first covering the six liturgical denominations followed by the six non-liturgical denominations.
The Liturgical Churches compared are:
- Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)
- Anglican (Episcopal Church; Reformed Episcopal Church)
- Presbyterian (The Presbyterian Church (USA) or PCUSA; The Presbyterian Church in America or PCA)
- Methodist Churches (United Methodists Church; African Methodist Episcopal; Free Methodists)
The Non-Liturgical Churches compared are:
- Anabaptist (The Mennonite Church; Church of the Brethren; Amish)
- Congregational (United Church of Christ: The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches; The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference)
- Baptist (Southern Baptists, American Baptists; National Baptists)
- Churches of Christ (Christian Church, Disciples of Christ)
- Adventist (Seventh-Day Adventist Church, SDA, 7th Day Adventist)
- Pentecostal Churches (Assemblies of God; Church of God in Christ)
In addition to the side-side comparison of the 12 Christian denominations, the Denominations Comparison pamphlet contains a list of 42 "Helpful Words to Know" for studying denominational differences. This list defines words such as: Anabaptist, apocrypha, canon, Eucharist, incarnate, pope, predestination, and puritan.
The Denominations Comparison pamphlet also contains several helpful references, such as:
- Official web sites for major denominations
- General online references
- Other web sites for the major traditions.
Denominations Comparison also contains a short summary on the following Christian groups, their founders, size, and denominational ties (if applicable):
- Calvary Chapel
- Christian and Missionary Alliance
- Church of God
- Church of the Nazarene
- Evangelical Covenant Church
- Evangelical Free Church of America
- International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
- Salvation Army
- Vineyard Ministries International
Topical index: Adventists, African Methodist Episcopal,Anglican,Assemblies of God, Baptists, Calvary Chapel, Catholic Church, Charismatic, Church of Christ, Church of England, Church of God, Congregational Churches, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Church, Foursquare Church, Free Methodists, Holiness Churches, liberal denominations, Lutheran Churches, Methodist Church, Orthodox Church, Pentecostal Church, Presbyterian Church, Quakers, Reformed Church, Roman Catholicism, Salvation Army, Trinity, United Methodist Church, Vineyard Churches, Westminster Confession.
Review by: Paul Dare - September 20, 2011
This pamphlet saddens me. Jesus prayed that his followers would all be one as He and the Father are one. Denominations fly in the face of that prayer. I know that sometimes, separating is necessary and right. But sadly, separation is often unnecessary and wrong. That being said, [Denominations Comparison
] provides a very good examination of the main denominations within Christendom. Professor Bowman along with research consultant Eric Pement cover 12 of the main denominations dividing them into two groups:
- Roman Catholic
- Anglican (Episcopalian)
- Churches of Christ
Other groups are covered as well such as Calvary Chapel, CMA, Salvation Army and Vineyard. Also extremely helpful is a two page mini-glossary of 42 terms that are helpful to know and understand when navigating through the intricacies of Christianity’s many denominations. My favorite part of this whole pamphlet is the Family Tree of Denominations showing (in a great visual chart form for us thick-headed visual learners) the branches of division from the great Roman/Orthodox schism of 1054 down to today.
I highly recommend buying, studying and carrying this pamphlet (fits nicely in most Bibles) as it makes a great conversation starter with someone who asks that classic question: So what’s the difference between all these different denominations, anyway?!