Protestantism

Protestantism

[prot-uh-stuhn-tiz-uhm]
noun
2.
the Protestant churches collectively.
3.
adherence to Protestant principles.

Origin:
1640–50; Protestant + -ism

anti-Protestantism, noun
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Protestantism (ˈprɒtɪstənˌtɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the religion or religious system of any of the Churches of Western Christendom that are separated from the Roman Catholic Church and adhere substantially to principles established by Luther, Calvin, etc, in the Reformation
2.  the Protestant Churches collectively
3.  adherence to the principles of the Reformation

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protestantism

movement that began in northern Europe in the early 16th century as a reaction to medieval Roman Catholic doctrines and practices. Along with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism became one of three major forces in Christianity. After a series of European religious wars in the 16th and 17th century, and especially in the 19th century, it spread throughout the world. Wherever Protestantism gained a foothold, it influenced the social, economic, political, and cultural life of the area.

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