Definition of Protestantism in US English:



  • 1The faith, practice, and Church order of the Protestant Churches.

    • ‘In the 20th century, Methodism did not escape the decline afflicting mainline Protestantism as a whole.’
    • ‘Most practice Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism.’
    • ‘In 1534, King Henry VIII of England established himself the leader of a new church of Protestantism that he tried to impose in Ireland.’
    • ‘Overall, how did this papacy influence Protestantism, particularly evangelicalism?’
    • ‘Other observers refer to the surge of evangelical Protestantism as Latin America's Reformation.’
    • ‘He was now in the service of a king who viewed Protestantism as a serious threat to the social order and who actively prosecuted heretics.’
    • ‘Before Marx was born, his father converted the family to German Protestantism in order to keep his job as lawyer.’
    • ‘In the early twentieth century, the aggressive secularizers found an important ally in the leaders of liberal Protestantism, says Smith.’
    • ‘He was sure, however, that nothing religiously or philosophically authentic could come from Protestantism.’
    • ‘Historic Protestantism is different from evangelicalism in its current incarnation.’
    • ‘The shift is towards Pentecostal or evangelical Protestantism, by as much as 12 per cent in the third generation.’
    • ‘In contrast with the established Church in Wales, attempts to promote Protestantism in Gaelic were late and half-hearted.’
    • ‘The gospel and Protestantism came late to this region.’
    • ‘In other words, evangelical Protestantism was a religion where every born-again child of God had the opportunity for a form of ministry.’
    • ‘There was still no law against Protestantism but Mary was using her headship of the church to dismiss married clerics.’
    • ‘In the many worlds of evangelical Protestantism today there is enormous vitality - including theological vitality.’
    • ‘Within Protestantism, especially the more fundamentalist churches, someone becomes a minister very quickly.’
    • ‘Moreover, the democratization of Protestantism led to changes in the criteria for church membership.’
    • ‘When she came to the throne, Elizabeth, who had known no other religion but Protestantism, set about to restore the Protestant faith in England.’
    • ‘From its earliest origins in the Reformation, Protestantism has emphasized the importance of faith over deeds.’
    1. 1.1 Adherence to the forms of Christian doctrine which are generally regarded as Protestant rather than Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.