So why does Christianity have so many branches? 

Note: Recently, our columnist Varghese Pamplanil sent me a link on why there are so many divisions within Christianity ( Actually it is an ashaming question to which we do not have a definite answer. Globally, the number of denominations are said to have crossed 45,000. In India, Christians are taught that the Hindu way of living is never the true path. But we need to see that in spite of all the divorsities based on class caste and race all these people go to the same temple. If in Hinduism, there is unity in the centre, Christians never know what it means (Joseph Mattappally Asso editor).

Followers of Jesus span the globe. But the global body of more than 2 billion Christians is separated into thousands of denominations. Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Apostolic, Methodist — the list goes on. Estimations show there are more than 200 Christian denominations in the U.S. and a staggering 45,000 globally, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. So why does Christianity have so many branches? 

A cursory look shows that differences in belief, power grabs and corruption all had a part to play. 

But on some level, differentiation and variety have been markers of Christianity since the very beginning, according to Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor emeritus of church history at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. "There's never been a united Christianity," he told Live Science. 

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