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The New Apostolic Church
) is a chiliastic church
, converted to Protestantism
as a free church
from the Catholic Apostolic Church
. The church has existed since 1879 in Germany and since 1897 in the Netherlands. It came about from the schism
in 1863, when it demerged from the Catholic Apostolic Church, which itself started in the 1830s as a renewal movement in, among others, the Anglican Church
and Church of Scotland
and the Second Coming of Christ
are at the forefront of the New Apostolic doctrines. Most of its doctrines are akin to mainstream Christianity and, especially its liturgy
, to Protestantism
, whereas its hierarchy and organisation could be compared with the Roman Catholic Church
The church considers itself to be the re-established continuation of the Early Church
and that its leaders are the successors of the twelve apostles
. This doctrine resembles Restorationism
in some aspects.
The official abbreviation in English-speaking countries is NAC
(for New Apostolic Church), whereas it is NAK in German (
Kirche), ENA in French (Eglise 'Néo Apostolique), and INA in Portuguese (I
Apostolica) and Spanish (Iglesia 'Nueva Apóstolica).
The Catholic Apostolic Church
In England in 1832, John Bate Cardale
was called, through......