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Tracing their organizational roots to the 16th century in Europe, Protestant churches claim spiritual ties with the earliest Christian communities of Palestine. Family members of this tradition see Jesus as prime leader and the Bible as a source of truth and guidance. Faith in God and doing good in the world are themes of unity and difference in Protestant traditions. Individuals are the primary interpreters of the Bible. 
In common usage, Protestant churches include Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist, Baptist and several others. 


Principles of Protestantism  The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a well stated summary of basic principles.
General historical review. 
The Encarta commercial site gives a brief overview. Be patient - the site may take time to come up but is worth the wait..
Updated on 8-29-06

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