So I was having an idle thought about the different non-Catholic Christian groups who are neither Orthodox nor Eastern. From what I would group the different denominations of Christianity I would group them into four: Catholic, Eastern/Oriental (those Christian churches who trace their roots to groups who were loyal to Nestorius and Arius in the early years of Christianity), Orthodox and Protestant. I might be wrong about the Eastern/Oriental one but that’s for another thread.
From my knowledge (and, I admit to my bias) Protestants are those Christian groups who do not recognize themselves as Catholic, Eastern or Orthodox. In short, everyone else. Even I would put non-denominationals in the Protestant category. It kinda surprised me when my Norwegian friend who was Lutheran seemed to quiz me that I put Evangelicals in the same group as them. It was obvious since that Lutherans worship differently than Evangelical Protestants, but somehow they belong to the same tradition of sola scriptura which is common in my Protestant/“everyone else” category.
And then I found this in one of my old threads:
Protestants normally refer to Churches that broke away from Rome during the Reformation or is a splinter of one such church. Some Protestants keep to the strict definition that Protestants refer only to those churches that broke away during the Reformation while those that split off such churches are called Evangelicals (which is confusing because the Evangelical Lutheran broke off directly from Rome during the Reformation and is not a splinter church). Pentecostal churches are not Protestants by this definition and usually categorise themselves (further confusion here) as Evangelicals.
Also from what I understand in the quoted text above, Protestants include those churches who broke off from Rome during the Reformation (Lutherans, Reformed, Anglicans, etc.). Then Methodists and Baptists came in when they set up their own church when they broke from those churches, and after that came a period up to today where lots of churches emerged who are usually grouped as either Evangelicals, Adventists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, and even non-denominationals. All of them from what I know follow the sola scriptura tradition.
What I’m having trouble is defining those churches which emerged from the Reformation churches, most especially Evangelicals, Adventists, Pentecostals and Charismatics. I have a book with me about the different religions of the world, but even then their definitions are a bit vague. I can’t search in Wikipedia either because it’ll be very confusing.
I’m looking for how to define these groups in their religious practices and doctrines. This thread is to recognize these Christian groups and not to debate on doctrine.