Why are there different denominations?
Over the years, the Christian church has divided into different groups called denominations. Although they share the same basic beliefs, or creed, the way they do things can be very different. This family tree shows how each new denomination branched out from an older one.
|1054||“The Great Schism” – Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches divide.|
|1519||Martin Luther starts “The Reformation” and the Lutheran Church|
|1534||King Henry VIII proclaims himself head of the Church of England|
|1559||John Knox starts the Presbyterian Church in Scotland|
|1581||Robert Browne and Robert Harrison start Congregational Churches in England|
|1608||John Smyth starts Baptist Churches|
|1650||George Fox is arrested; his movement is first called ‘Quakers’|
|1784||John Wesley’s ‘Methodist Society’ separates from the Church of England|
|1820||(approx.) Brethren churches and Exclusive Brethren churches started, mainly by Christians from the Church of England|
|1900||Pentecostal churches started in America|
|1960||(approx.) Independent Charismatic churches start in the U.K.|