Christianity: Protestant


Primary Author
Chara Scroope,
  • It is important to note that there is a wide diversity of Protestant traditions. This means that not all major narratives, doctrines and philosophies are recalled, understood and presented in a uniform manner across and within Protestant denominations. Similarly, not all rituals are practised in the same way. The following provides general information common across most denominations.
  • While Catholic Christians may identify closely with the term ‘Catholic’ and Christians with the term ‘’, this is not the case with Protestants. Rather, Protestants usually identify with their respective denomination (e.g. Anglican, Lutheran, etc.) or as ‘Christian’ more broadly.
  • In many countries, Protestant traditions are deeply intertwined with the local culture. This means that some Protestants may be more active in practising their faith, while others may be nominally Protestant – for example, only attending religious services for major life events like funerals or weddings.
  • The official position held by a denomination or tradition is not necessarily indicative of the attitudes and beliefs of all lay followers. Individuals may have personal interpretations and applications of the teachings of their respective tradition.

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