U.S. Religious Sects Originating in the 19th Century

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

Christian Scientists


Seventh-day Adventists

Jehovah's Witnesses

The United States was the setting for new developments in religion in the 19th century. Sects and movements of many types arose, inspired variously by new interpretations of the Bible, the teachings of new prophets and thinkers, the expectation of Christ's second coming, and the social, scientific, and philosophical questions of the time. Sects that have thrived for over 100 years include the Christian Scientists, the Mormons, the Seventh-day Adventists, and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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