For the first order of business what is Protestantism. Is it a different kind of religion? Why does it carry the word protest in it?
Protestants are called so because the rebelled against their own church.
They protested against the actions and people of the their church.
What is the doctrine behind this group of protesting Christians that sets them apart from other Christians?
I've been trying to figure this out and it is not too easy. Of course, our Protestant friends all believe in Jesus Christ, but so do the Catholic and Orthodox. So, we have
to go to what Protestants almost all agree on and how is this unique to the rest of the Christian world. Here is what I came up with, although it applies more to evangelical Protestants than traditional ones:
1) Sole fide - salvation by faith alone
2) Sola scriptura - the Holy Scriptures as the sole source of authority
3) The church is invisible - The one true church is not any single earthly church, but the sum of all believers in Christ in many different "churches" or, more properly, denominations.
Does this sound right to you all?
Why would one want to fight for this name and be called such? Is there really glory in protesting? Wouldn't Follower or Disciple or Servant be better names?
Yeah, the name is not too good, but we don't get to name ourselves. Most Protestants I know (and I used to be one) prefer the term "Christian." The problem here is some may intrepret it as Catholic and Orthodox are not Christians. I don't get offended because you guys got stuck with a negative name (Protestant).
When I use it, it means "not Catholic."I'd say that about sums it up
Nooo!! Orthodox are not Protestants because we didn't rebel against our own
church. The RCC was a sister church. So, Protestants are children of Catholics.
(I don't mean to demean Protestants by saying that. I mean in it in the same sense
that Christianity is a child of Judaism). Protestants rebelled, Orthodox divorced. There is a difference, but admittedly, it's a little subtle.
The other difference is we hold to none of the three doctrines described above. Orthodoxy is the third branch of Christianity (and it's not too small either).