What are the basic tenets of Protestantism?
Very basically, Protestantism (coming from the Latin word
protestari to protest) refers to religions formed after the
Reformation during sixteenth century Europe. These groups rejected
the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, beginning with Henry
VIII, and his daughter Elizabeth, I in the sixteenth century. The
Roman Catholic Church had also fallen into gross corruption.
Protestants believe that the Bible is their only source of
authority and inspiration, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, The
Eastern Rite Religions and other Orthodox religions who believe
that their tradition of belief is equal to the Bible. They also
reject the notion of "Apostolic Succession" which is the belief of
the Roman Catholic Church eg. the pope is the direct descendent of
Saint Peter who is believed by them, to have been by appointed by
Jesus. The sacramental nature of the clergy is also rejected by
Protestants. This means that any person who enters the ranks of the
clergy does so by the laying on of hands by the higher clergy who
are believed to be descended from Jesus' apostles.
Other religious groups to form following the Reformation are
Lutheranism, Methodism, the Baptist church, Presbyterianism and