Protestantism is the movement within Christianity, representing a split from the
Roman Catholic Church, which occurred during the 16th century in Europe in what is called the
Commonly considered one of the three major branches of Christianity (along with
Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy), Protestantism represents a diverse range of theological and social perspectives, denominations and related organizations.
Protestant families of denominations
Only the general families of Protestant denominations are given here since individual denominations may list in the thousands.