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Organizationally, the Reformed Churches in Switzerland remained separate units until today (the Reformed Church of the Canton Zurich, the Reformed Church of the Canton Berne, etc.), the German part more in the Zwingli tradition, in the French part more in the Calvin tradition.Today they are members of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches.The Dutch Reformed churches have suffered numerous splits, and there have been some subsequent partial re-unions.Currently there are at least nine existing denominations, including (between brackets the Dutch abbreviation): Since the Reformation the Netherlands, as one of the few countries in the world, could be characterised as a mainly Calvinist state.In 2001, more than 1.6 million people in Hungary identified as members of the Hungarian Reformed Church.Of that number, about 600,000 are considered active members, in 1,249 congregations.
The Swiss Reformed Churches were started in Zurich by Huldrych Zwingli and spread within a few years to Basle (Johannes Oecolampadius), Berne (Berchtold Haller and Niklaus Manuel), St.
There is the more theologically conservative Reformed Presbyterian Church of Central and Eastern Europe, which has approximately 25 congregations in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.
Like the mainline Hungarian Reformed church, from which it split in 1997, the church adheres to the Second Helvetic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism, but it has also adopted the Westminster Confession, and Shorter and Larger Catechisms.
Until the first half of the 20th century, a majority of the Dutch (about 55%) were Reformed and a large minority (35-40%) were Catholic.
Because of large scale secularisation during the 20th century, these percentages dropped dramatically.
The HRC has 27 presbyteries, four districts and a General Synod.