Growing Protestant Diversity in the Former Soviet Union

  • Mark Elliott
  • Robert Richardson


Protestantism, almost by definition, means diversity. As a rule, for Christians in the Reformation tradition, personal investigation of Scripture is preferred over denominational or clerical prescriptions of biblical truth. Of course, many Protestants do listen carefully to the interpretation of Scripture provided by their churches and pastors. Nevertheless, they just as often draw theological conclusions based on their own personal study of the Bible, which is the simplest and most satisfactory explanation for the proliferation of Protestant denominations since 1517.


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