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There are probably thousands of different definitions of the word "Christian." We have chosen the same inclusive definition as is used by public opinion pollsters and government census offices: A "Christian" includes any group or individual who seriously, devoutly, prayerfully describes themselves as Christian.
Many Christians are aware of their own denomination's current beliefs, but are unfamiliar with the history of those beliefs, or of the teachings of other denominations.
Christians will become a minority in in Canada about 2023 and in the U.S. about the year 2042.
www.religioustolerance.org /christ.htm   (1065 words)

  Christianity. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Christian ethics derive to a large extent from the Jewish tradition as presented in the Old Testament, particularly the Ten Commandments, but with some difference of interpretation based on the practice and teachings of Jesus.
Christianity may be further generally defined in terms of its practice of corporate worship and rites that usually include the use of sacraments and that are usually conducted by trained clergy within organized churches.
Christianity is in a direct sense an offshoot of Judaism, because Jesus and his immediate followers were Jews living in Palestine and Jesus was believed by his followers to have fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah.
www.bartleby.com /65/ch/Christia.html   (1098 words)

  Christianity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christians believe in the General Resurrection, in which all people who have ever lived will rise from the dead at the end of time, to be judged by Christ when He returns to fulfill the rest of Messianic prophecy.
Western Christianity in the Middle Ages was characterized by cooperation and conflict between the secular rulers and the Church under the Pope, and by the development of scholastic theology and philosophy.
Christian mobs, sometimes with government support, have destroyed pagan temples and oppressed adherents of paganism (such as the philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria, who was murdered by a Christian mob).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christianity   (6296 words)

 Christianity - MSN Encarta
In Christian teaching, Jesus cannot be less than the supreme preacher and exemplar of the moral life, but for most Christians that, by itself, does not do full justice to the significance of his life and work.
Jesuscrucifixion and resurrection, to which early Christians referred when they spoke about him as the one who had reconciled humanity to God, made the cross the chief focus of Christian faith and devotion and the principal symbol of the saving love of God the Father.
The other universally accepted ritual among Christians is the Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper, in which Christians share in bread and wine and, through them, express and acknowledge the reality of the presence of Christ as they commemorate him in the communion of believers with one another.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761576315/Christianity.html   (1205 words)

 Christianity - Crystalinks
Christianity is based on a particular experience or scheme directed to the act of saving--that is, of bringing or "buying back," which is part of what redemption means, these creatures of God to their source in God.
Christians, it might be said, used the vocabulary and repertory of options then available to them in speaking of the all-encompassing and the ineffable and grafted these onto the witness to God that was essential to their faith.
Christianity was as much a cultural tradition as it was a faith tradition, an assertion that the leadership of the medieval church would not have regarded as diminishing or insulting.
www.crystalinks.com /christianity.html   (5576 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Christianity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Christianity is the name given to that definite system of religious belief and practice which was taught by Jesus Christ in the country of Palestine, during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Tiberius, and was promulgated, after its Founder's death, for the acceptance of the whole world, by certain chosen men among His followers.
Christianity is developed from Judaism in the sense that it embodies the Divine revelation contained in the latter creed, somewhat as a finished painting embodies the original rough sketch.
It was the transference of Christianity from a Semitic to a Greek soil that explains, according to Dr. Hatch (Hibbert Lectures, 1888), "why an ethical sermon stood in the forefront of the teaching of Jesus, and a metaphysical creed in the forefront of the Christianity of the fourth century".
www.newadvent.org /cathen/03712a.htm   (8716 words)

Christianity began in Palestine in the 1st century CE as the claimed fulfilment of God’s promises to the Jews.
Central to Christian beliefs and practices is the Bible which is made up of the New Testament which details the life of Jesus and the early Church and the Old Testament which is more or less the same as the Jewish Scriptures which Jesus would have referred to as a Jew.
Christians believe worshipping in a group is important and this is usually called a service which takes place in a church on a Sunday (Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday).
www.world-faiths.com /Christianity/christianity.htm   (1852 words)

 Christianity, Christian
Christian is the name given by the Greeks or Romans, probably in reproach, to the followers of Jesus.
Christians have tended to separate into rival groups, but the main body of the Christian Church was united under the Roman emperors.
Early Christian worship centered on two principal rites or Sacraments: Baptism, a ceremonial washing that initiated converts into the church; and the Eucharist, a sacred meal preceded by prayers, chants, and Scripture readings, in which the participants were mysteriously united with Christ.
mb-soft.com /believe/text/christia.htm   (2241 words)

 Christianity - Wikiquote
Christianity is most admirably adapted to the training of slaves, to the perpetuation of a slave society; in short, to the very conditions confronting us to-day....
Everywhere and always, since its very inception, Christianity has turned the earth into a vale of tears; always it has made of life a weak, diseased thing, always it has instilled fear in man, turning him into a dual being, whose life energies are spent in the struggle between body and soul.
The Christian religion and morality extols the glory of the Hereafter, and therefore remains indifferent to the horrors of the earth.
en.wikiquote.org /wiki/Christianity   (2150 words)

 BBC - Schools - Christian Festivals
Jesus was executed on a cross as a criminal by the Romans, and according to Christian teaching afterwards rose from the dead before ascending to heaven.
Christians worship in churches and their leaders are known as priests or ministers.
Christians believe that Jesus was sent by God to live life as a human except that, being Holy, he was without sin even though he was tempted just like anyone else.
www.bbc.co.uk /schools/religion/christianity   (489 words)

The initial stage of this process overlaps with foundational Christianity; the most important figure in the transformation of Christianity into a non-Jewish religion was Paul of Tarsus, one of the founders of the religion—the division between foundational and early Christianity is not a neat one.
The Christian use of the term relies on this later meaning; the divine is a pattern or meaning to the sum total of human history and material phenomena.
Christianity asserts that salvation is an aspect of one's life after one has died—it is not an aspect of the material world.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/CHRIST/CHR.HTM   (2584 words)

 Christianity - Hindu Customs in the Christian Community in India
In talking of Christianity one generally loses sight of the fact that it was born in Asia and thus to begin with it is an oriental religion.
Christians still privately continue to refer to themselves by their caste affiliations like Prabhoos, Bamons, Kolis, Bhandaris, etc. and caste considerations are rarely absent during matchmaking especially among Christians in rural areas.
Christian clergymen are thus unhappy about attempts to define the "Indian view of religion", as the belief that all religions are equally true.
www.hindubooks.org /sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/christianity.html   (3576 words)

In particular, the rampant diversification of Christian sects on such matters entails that, even if any one of those sects is correct, large numbers of Christians must hold false beliefs about issues of ultimate importance--contrary to what one would predict if the God of evangelical Christianity existed.
Christians can't agree, and the confusion is embarassing.
Given standard criticisms of Christianity and certain plausible interpretations of it, Christianity is filled with ridiculous incongruities and unreasonable beliefs and practices.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/theism/christianity   (831 words)

Christianity rises to the top when you earnestly investigate the other theories, philosophies, movements and religions of the world.
Christians do not go around saying Christianity is the only way because they are arrogant, stupid or judgmental.
Christians believe in Jesus, who claimed to be God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14), who forgave sins (Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20; 7:48), and who rose from the dead (Luke 24:24-29; John 2:19f).
www.allaboutreligion.org /christianity.htm   (598 words)

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Christianity was from the beginning, essentially and fundamentally, life's nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed up as, faith in "another" or "better" life.
That the ship of Christianity threw overboard a good deal of its Jewish ballast, that it went, and was able to go, among the pagans--that was due to this one man, a very tortured, very pitiful, very unpleasant man, unpleasant even to himself.
But one should notice that Christianity has thus crossed over into a gentle moralism: it is not so much 'God, freedom and immortality' that have remained, as benevolence and decency of disposition, and the belief that in the whole universe too benevolence and decency of disposition prevail: it is the euthanasia of Christianity.
www.pitt.edu /~wbcurry/nietzsche/nchrist.html   (1633 words)

 Bakker, Brown: What the hell happened to Christianity? - CNN.com
Christians should be able to look past their differences and agree to disagree.
Christians are called to love others just as they are, without an agenda.
Christianity should always have been about love and acceptance, "come as you are," and our family has always felt like we need to meet some criteria to worship, and that has kept us away.
www.cnn.com /2006/US/12/13/bakker.brown.commentary/index.html   (1348 words)

 Christianity in Turkey - All About Turkey
Christianity was declared as the official religion in 380, during the reign of Theodosius I, and destruction of pagan temples was legalized.
Gradually, Christianity in Turkey disintegrated, so that when the Islamic Ottomans finally conquered the Byzantine Empire, it was inevitable that what had been a predominantly Christian region would be no more.
Another important fact for Christians is that first Ecumenical Councils were made at Nicea (Iznik today) in the Marmara Region of Turkey, between Bursa and Istanbul.
www.allaboutturkey.com /hristiyan.htm   (420 words)

 Christianity: Introduction
Started at around 30 AD, Christianity is based on the teachings and life of Jesus Christ.
Christianity was founded in the first century in Palestine by the disciples of Jesus.
Bible holds all the teachings of Jesus on how all Christians should live out their lives.
library.thinkquest.org /28505/christianity/intro.htm   (99 words)

 Christianity in America
Christians themselves argue all the time over this and all claim the be the "RIGHT WAY." The only correct definition for Christians are Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed that also includes Catholics.
All Christians (Protestant, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox) accept the Trinity, the two natures of Christ, and the atonement, etc. (P 37) Arguments over popes, women in the clergy, conservative vs. liberal, ceremony, etc are a matter of politics, not Jesus or His meaning which are not in dispute.
New Age Religion/multiculturalism and Christian fundamentalism are drowning reason and rational thought in a sea of mediocrity and confusion.
www.sullivan-county.com /christian.htm   (2364 words)

 Mr. Dowling's Judaism Page
Christian tradition states that at the Last Supper before his execution, Jesus asked his followers to think of the meal as the body and blood he would soon sacrifice.
Christian holy days include Christmas (the birth of Jesus), Easter (when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven), and Lent, a forty-day holy period of penitence and self-denial.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ was both a man and the son of God.
www.mrdowling.com /605-christianity.html   (579 words)

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