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    2007 Church Yearbook Ranks Largest Denominations

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches remain the largest three denominations in the country, with the Mormon church ranking fourth in size, according to the latest edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.

    The latest edition of the yearbook counts more than 69 (m) million Roman Catholics in the United States, with Southern Baptists running a distant second at 16-point-three (m) million.

    The United Methodist Church came in third with just over eight (m) million members, but that figure represents a decrease. Other mainline denominations also continued to lose members.

    The Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal denominations, however, reported significant growth.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches remain the largest three denominations in the country, with the Mormon church ranking fourth in size, according to the latest edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.

    The latest edition of the yearbook counts more than 69 (m) million Roman Catholics in the United States, with Southern Baptists running a distant second at 16-point-three (m) million.

    The United Methodist Church came in third with just over eight (m) million members, but that figure represents a decrease. Other mainline denominations also continued to lose members.

    The Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal denominations, however, reported significant growth.

    No joke, scary huh?

    I think there are 1.5 billion world wide, only read that today somewhere..

    Well whoever said Christianity is on the way out sure was wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by narlacat
    No joke, scary huh?

    I think there are 1.5 billion world wide, only read that today somewhere..

    Well whoever said Christianity is on the way out sure was wrong!
    Scary? Typical comment from you.

    ETA: Like it or not, your comment equals hate speech. Try saying that about Jews.


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    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV)

    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Even though this doesn't say why other churches are losing members and not growing, I can't help but notice that denominations that aren't usually very liberal and ones that people try and label as fanatics are growing in members and the long term large groups are still strong and still growing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki
    Even though this doesn't say why other churches are losing members and not growing, I can't help but notice that denominations that aren't usually very liberal and ones that people try and label as fanatics are growing in members and the long term large groups are still strong and still growing.
    Yeah I wish it had gone into more detail. It was just what came across the wire. Someone may look farther into it eventually. But your observations I think are pretty accurate. The Catholic Church's jump was quite large, it surprised me. Couple million at least.

    ETA: I'd also find it interesting to find out whether many of the new members of the growing churches are primarily brand new Christians or if they are former members of the churches that are decreasing and have converted to the growing churches.


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    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV)

    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    Scary? Typical comment from you.

    ETA: Like it or not, your comment equals hate speech. Try saying that about Jews.
    Hate speech?

    I said one word, two if you count the 'huh'- that does not equal hate speech.

    If I want to think it's scary that so many people buy into a certain religion I am so entitled.

    You think it's great, I think it's scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narlacat
    Hate speech?

    I said one word, two if you count the 'huh'- that does not equal hate speech.

    If I want to think it's scary that so many people buy into a certain religion I am so entitled.

    You think it's great, I think it's scary.
    Yeah, number of words is what counts.


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    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV)

    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    Yeah, number of words is what counts.
    So, have I got this right- you reported me over one word? one little word?

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    Quote Originally Posted by narlacat
    So, have I got this right- you reported me over one word? one little word?
    I didn't report you over that post. You KNOW what post got reported and what it said. That's why it's deleted, isn't it? That was truly an ugly post and you know that.


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    Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV)

    10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord. (KJV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    I didn't report you over that post. You KNOW what post got reported and what it said. That's why it's deleted, isn't it? That was truly an ugly post and you know that.
    Geez you exaggerate.

    But you're right, I did delete it, it's not worth getting banned over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Knight
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches remain the largest three denominations in the country, with the Mormon church ranking fourth in size, according to the latest edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.

    The latest edition of the yearbook counts more than 69 (m) million Roman Catholics in the United States, with Southern Baptists running a distant second at 16-point-three (m) million.

    The United Methodist Church came in third with just over eight (m) million members, but that figure represents a decrease. Other mainline denominations also continued to lose members.

    The Assemblies of God and other Pentecostal denominations, however, reported significant growth.

    WOW, I did not realize there were that many, I wonder how many Lutherans???? My son goes to a Lutheran school and they are so nice there. I hear they are very similar to Catholics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle
    I wonder how many Lutherans????
    Only three mainline Protestant denominations were among the 10 largest churches. The Methodists were the largest, followed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which ranked seventh with a membership of 4.85 million, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which ranked ninth with a membership of nearly 3.1 million. Still, all three reported declines.

    Pentecostal churches, however, reported significant growth. As one example, the Assemblies of God increased nearly 2 percent to 2.83 million.
    - http://www.christianpost.com/article...7_Yearbook.htm

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    The latest edition of the yearbook counts more than 69 million Roman Catholics in the United States, with Southern Baptists running a distant second at 16.3 million.

    I know that Southern Baptists don't count newborns as members, but I don't know if Roman Catholics count christened babies.

    DK, what say you?

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    A more complete listing of church numbers by denomination can be found at this link:

    http://www.biblicalrecorder.org/cont...atholics.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovelyPigeon
    The latest edition of the yearbook counts more than 69 million Roman Catholics in the United States, with Southern Baptists running a distant second at 16.3 million.

    I know that Southern Baptists don't count newborns as members, but I don't know if Roman Catholics count christened babies.

    DK, what say you?
    The Catholic Church says that anyone that is baptized Catholic and does not reject his faith is considered a Catholic. So I would say, yes, baptized infants are counted in the numbers.

    I looked it up to see how the yearbook received it's data. Membership numbers were reported by the churches. That leads me to believe that the numbers for the Roman Catholics in the United States could be on the low side. There is no "central registry", so to speak, in the Catholic Church. Church Law does not require membership in a parish to be counted as a Catholic.

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