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NameWebsiteIdentifying BeliefsOther NotesWikipedia
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Christian Denominations
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Many of these refer to North American groupsAnglican Communion
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Assemblies of Godhttp://ag.org/top/believer's baptism, tongues as evidence of baptism by the Holy Spirit, faith healing, rapturehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assemblies_of_God
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Baptist-believer's baptismVery wide variance in Baptist beliefshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptists
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Calvary Chapelhttp://www.calvarychapel.com/believer's baptism, pretribulational rapture, classical dispensationalismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvary_Chapel
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Christian & Missionary Alliancehttp://www.cmalliance.org/faith healing, premillenialismHeavy focus on missions. Grew out of two parachurch organizationshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_and_Missionary_Alliance
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Church of England (Anglican Communion)
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Church of Godhttp://www.churchofgod.org/tongues as evidence of salvation, premillennial, Name is used by numerous, unrelated groupshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_God
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Church of God (Anderson)http://www.chog.org/No formal creedhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_God_(Anderson,_Indiana)
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saintshttp://www.lds.org/present prophets and apostles, many other beliefs not found elsewhere in ChristianityIncluded here as a more fair, less controversial decisionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints
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Church of Scotlandhttp://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/homeFollows the Westminster Confession of Faith, heavy emphasis on worship servicehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Scotland
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Church of the Brethernhttp://www.brethren.org/Emphasis on simple lifestylehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Brethren
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Congregationalist-Often more a style of church government than a theological belief systemhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregational_church
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Coptichttp://www.copticchurch.net/Seven Sacramental RightsOrthodox, but distinct from Eastern Orthodox. Mostly regional to Egypt. Has their own Pope.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptic_Orthodox_Church_of_Alexandria
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Disciples of Christhttp://www.disciples.org/Believer's baptism by immersion. Emphasis on freedom of interpretation and belief.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Church_(Disciples_of_Christ)
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Eastern OrthodoxLargest, but not only, Orthodox Churchhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Orthodox_Church
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Emergenthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerging_church
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Episcopalian (Anglican Communion)http://www.episcopalchurch.org/American branch of the Anglican Communion. Two sacraments: Baptism & Eucharist (Communion). Other sacraments are regarded as sacramental rights, with an emphasis on the summary of the law. Theology based on the via media, or middle way, a balance between Catholic and Reformed traditions.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Church_%28United_States%29
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Evangelical Covenanthttp://www.covchurch.org/Also known as "The Covenant." Beliefs vary widely as the church encourages members to look at all possible interpretations of the word and come to their own conclusions.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Covenant_Church
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Evangelical Free Church of Americahttp://www.efca.org/Inerrancy of the Bible, premillienialism. Congregationalist.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Free_Church_of_America
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americahttp://www.elca.org/Accepts unaltered Augsburg Confession. Often more theologically liberal than LCMS or Wisconson Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Largest Lutheran branch in USA.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Lutheran_Church_in_America
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Foursquare Churchhttp://www.foursquare.org/Infallability of the Bible, premillenialism, emphasis on spiritual gifts.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Church_of_the_Foursquare_Gospel
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Free Methodisthttp://fmcusa.org/Armenianist. Similar in theology to the United Methodist Church.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Methodist_Church
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Jehovah's Witnesshttp://www.jw.org/en/Heavy emphasis on eschatology (end times). Many other beliefs not found elsewhere in Christianity.Included here as a more fair, less controversial decisionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses
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Lutheran-Tradtionally attributed to Martin Luther. Many seperate and differing denomations of Lutheranism exist today. Often reformed.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism
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Lutheran Church - Missouri Synodhttp://www.lcms.org/Specific branch of Lutheranism, second largest in USA. Often more conservative than ELCA, but less conservative than WELS. Amellianist.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheran_Church%E2%80%93Missouri_Synod
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Maronite-Eastern Catholics(Catholics in full communion with Rome) in the Syriac rite(not Byzantine) who speak Aramaic and Arabic in the liturgy.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maronite_Church
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Menonitehttp://mennoniteusa.org/Derived from Anabaptist beliefs. Empahsis on spiritual community.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mennonite
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Methodist International
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Nazarenehttp://nazarene.org/Armenianism. Faith healing.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Nazarene
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Presbyterianhttp://www.pcusa.org/ http://www.pcanet.org/Pedobaptism. Reformed.Two distinct groups in North America - Presbyterian Church (USA) and Presbyterian Church in Americahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presbyterianism
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QuakerOften holds to continuing revelation. Emphasis on faith in practice. Extremely varied beliefs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers
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Roman Catholichttp://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htmEmphasis on Church tradition. Believes several 'apocryphal' Old Testament books to be Scripture. Immaculate conception of Mary, many other specific beliefshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church
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Seventh-Day Adventisthttp://www.adventist.org/Premillenial, Armenianist. 6-day creationism. Christians bound by Ten Commandments, Sabbath celebrated from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Wicked are premanently destroyed after judgement. Writings of founder Ellen White are an authorative source of truth.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh-day_Adventist_Church
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Southern Baptisthttp://www.sbc.net/Typically but not necessarily theologically conservative. Believer's baptism. Emphasis on Sciptural authority. Extremely varied beliefs otherwise.Often evangelical or reformed, but not always.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist_Convention
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Uniting Church in Australiahttp://www.uca.org.au/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniting_Church_in_Australia
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United Canadahttp://www.united-church.ca/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Church_of_Canada
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United Church of Christhttp://www.ucc.org/Theologically liberal, mainline denomination formed from the union of the Congregationalist and German Reformed and Evangelical denominations. Emphasizes ecumenicism (motto from John 17:21: That they may all be one) and the autonomy of individual congregations.Theology of each individual congregation varies widely, but has a reputation for being liberal due to the God is Still Speaking and Open and Affirming campaigns, and General Synod resolution promoting gay marriage.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Church_of_Christ
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United Methodisthttp://www.umc.orghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Methodist_Church
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United Pentecostal Churchhttp://www.upci.org/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Pentecostal_Church_International
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United Reformed
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Wesleyanhttp://www.wesleyan.org/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_Church
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Christian Non- and Para-denominational
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Christian (Alpha and Omega)--Alpha and Omega is taken from Rev. 1:8 in reference to Christhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_and_Omega
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Christian (Chi-Rho)--Chi and Rho are the first two letters in Cristos, the Greek word for Christhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Rho
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Christian (Cross)--Representative of the cross from which Jesus hunghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_cross
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Christian (Ichthus)--Greek anagram, standing for Iesous Cristos Theou (h)Uios Soter: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichtus
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Christian (St. Clement's Cross)--Anchor signifies Christ guiding one through life
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Christian Anarchist"No master but God; no lord but Christ; no nation but the Kingdom."Extremely varied beliefs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_anarchism
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Christian DeistDeism that believes in the moral teachings of Jesus, but not his divinity - a divine Jesus would be contrary to Deismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_deism
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Christian UniversalistHolds to the essential tenents of Christianity, but believes that all souls will eventually be reconciled in Heaven.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_universalism
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Evangelical-Christian movement emphasizing everyone's need for the Gospel, with emphasis on biblical authorityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelicalism
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Messianic Judaism-Blends Christian and Jewish theology. Believes that Jesus is the Messiah.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_Judaism
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Reformed-Essentially follows Calvinism. Emphasis on god's grace, predestination, sovereignty, and so on.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_churches
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Salvation Armyhttp://www.salvationarmy.org/Similar to Methodism. Strong emphasis on charity. Military ranking system.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Salvation_Army
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Unitarian Universalisthttp://www.uua.org/Pluralist - the belief that more than one theological stance can be true. Emphasis on personal journey, holding to no set creed, and spiritual growth.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism
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Non-Christian
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Agnostic-Either a) the acknowledgement that one is uncertain of the spiritual realm's existence (soft agnostic), or b) the belief that knowledge of the spiritual realm is impossible (hard agnostic)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnosticism
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Atheist-The assertion that no god, or other spiritual entity, exists. Alternatively, the stance that atheism is the 'default' position, and that any spiritual being's existence must be adequately demonstrated to be considered logical.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism
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Buddhist-Rebirth. Attains nirvana by ending earthly craving. Emphasizes self emptiness via meditation. Frequently but not necessarily non-theistic.Often ontologically idealistic - the philosophic stance that the physical world does not exist.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
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Deist-The belief that some divine being exists, and that this being created Creation, but that this being does not interact with the physical worldhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism
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Hindu-Large number of beliefs spanning monism, polytheism, henotheism to atheism. Dharma, Karma, Moksha, Reincarnation, All pervasive divinity are key concepts.Pluralistic - frequently believes that all religious ideas can be correcthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism
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Humanist-Emphasis on rationalism and the value of humanitySee also Secular Humanism, an atheistic branch of humanismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism
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Jain-Extreme dedication to non-violence towards all living beings. Emphasizes self-effort to move toward divine consciousnesses.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism
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Jewish-Reverence for Old Testament as well as other holy books, coming Messiah, monotheism, personal God, God's chosen peopleMany different sects today: Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, etc http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism
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Jewish (Orthodox)-Same as above, but stricter stance towards Old Testament law.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox_Judaism
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Muslim-Holy book Qur'an, holds to teachings of Muhammad, follows Allah. Jesus is regarded as an important prophet.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam
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Pagan-Polytheism, often a ritual focus, sometimes includes magic. Very many subgroups.See also Neopaganismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paganism
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Sikh-Monotheistic, emphasis on meditation.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism
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Taoist-Belief in the Tao, 'the Way.' Emphasis on harmony with oneself and with nature. Emphasis on duality but not necessarily opposition - see Yin Yang.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism
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