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Sects, Christian

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Author(s): Johannes Gründler
This article simply aims at listing the minor divisions attached in one way or another to the Christian Churches. The word “sect” is not used (as so often) in a disparaging sense, but simply to exemplify groupings which either arrived late on the scene, or are of small numerical size, or are only loosely attached to Christianity in its orthodox forms. For a discussion of the theological interest of the latter, see Protestantism I, ad fin. A. Churches and Sects in the East See Eastern Churches D. B. Churches and Sects in the West (For the general historical background, see Reformation.) 1. Mennon…