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Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.

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There are approximately 1 billion Protestant adherents worldwide or about 37% of all Christians. A Protestant is an adherent of any Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them.
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Protestant Worship

Protestant worship varies between denomination, but centres on the Bible.
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Different Protestant denominations worship in different ways as part of their Sunday service, but there are also some common features to all. For example, worship centres on the bible and most churches include hymns or worship songs in the service. However, there are many differences. For example, Baptists believe that when they worship through praise and prayer they are offering themselves to God in thanks for His love.[1] For the Church of England, public worship focuses on praising God through preaching, bible reading, prayer and music, especially in the Holy Communion service where people receive the bread and wine. Because this is liturgical worship, the words and actions to be followed are set out in the Book of Common Prayer. The iconoclasm that characterised the Reformation was the belief that the promise of salvation through God's gracious forgiveness is most directly and clearly communicated through the scripture—preached, taught, studied, and memorised. Protestants, believing that Roman Catholics had largely wandered from the centrality of the Bible, removed what they saw as distracting and superstitious paintings, statues, and other images that had been substituted for God's word.[2] Protestant worship space, as a result, is in general characterised by a plainer aesthetic than the space of Roman Catholics or Eastern Orthodox Christians. There are differences between Protestants in this area. Protestants view the sacraments differently than Catholics, and most have just two sacraments—baptism and the communion—rather than seven.[2] Again, this differs: some, including Baptists, do not call baptism and the Lord's Supper sacraments. They refer to them instead as ordinances.[2]

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