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  Western Christianity
In the Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed, which is accepted by almost all Christian traditions as a valid formulation of the Christian faith, the Holy Spirit is described as one "who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and Son is worshipped and glorified".
The effect of the excommunication was to establish the independence of the Greek church from the Latin church and to permanently divide Christian Europe.
The crusades were a series of wars launched by the church from the 11th to the 13th centuries with the purpose of recovering the holy lands that had fallen under the control of the advancing Muslim armies.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/christ/west/westessay.html   (2127 words)

 Christianity - MSN Encarta
While Western Christianity became increasingly centralized, a pyramid the apex of which was the pope of Rome (see Papacy), the principal centers of the East—Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria—developed autonomously.
All these distinctive features of the Christian East—the lack of a centralized authority, the close tie to the Byzantine Empire, the mystical and liturgical tradition, the continuity with Greek language and culture, and the isolation as a consequence of Muslim expansion—contributed also to its increasing alienation from the West, which finally produced the East-West schism.
Conversion of the invaders to Catholic Christianity meant at the same time their incorporation into the institution of which the bishop of Rome was the head, as the conversion of the king of the Franks, Clovis I, illustrates.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761576315_3/Christianity.html   (2804 words)

 ORB: The Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
Christianity was not legally recognized and did not begin its evolution its real institutional evolution until 313, two years after the death of Diocletian, the emperor who had divided the empire.
Christianity was part of that situation, and so, throughout the fourth century, the Church in the West slowly began to develop a character and organization distinct from the Church in the East.
Although this situation caused the western Church great trouble, it also placed the western Christians in a position in which they could not afford the weakness of disunion, so its persecutions at the hands of the Arians may actually have strengthened the western Church, It had to be strong to survive.
the-orb.net /textbooks/nelson/western_church.html   (2179 words)

 Wikinfo | Christianity
Christianity is a group of religious traditions, originating with Jesus Christ, that assert that Jesus is Lord, Saviour, God, the son of God and messiah--the sole saviour of all humanity.
Christianity borrowed aspects from the virgin birth to healing the sick were all renditions of ancient pagan beliefs, some 2000 years before Christ.
The New Testament is the second part of the Christian Bible, containing accounts of the life of Jesus, the earliest church, and a number of epistles (letters) written by some of the Apostles to various audiences.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Christianity   (3375 words)

 Eastern & Western Rites
Christianity originated in Jerusalem that was the center of the early Church.
Western Christianity consists of Latin Catholics (750+ million), some of which are called "Roman Catholics" and the Protestant denominations.
Western Rites have under its influence the Latin Rites (Roman, Ambrosian, and Gallican) and the non-Latin Rites (Mozarabic, and Italo-Greek).
www.stthomasirondequoit.com /DeaconBench/id636.htm   (774 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)

 Global Christianity and the Re-education of the West
Christian history is a series of cross-cultural movements, which result in a succession of different Christian "heartlands" as the geographical and cultural center of Christianity has changed.
Correspondingly, the typical pattern of Christian history is as a movement of the periphery, of the relentless and radical circumvention of the establishment in obedience to a God whose central design leaves earthly arrangements provisional and dispensable.
Christianity has become a genuinely multicultural world religion, thriving profusely in the idioms of other languages and cultures, marked by a lively cross-cultural and interreligious sensibility, unburdened by the heavy artillery of doctors and councils, and otherwise undaunted by the scandalous paucity of money, trained leadership, infrastructure and resources.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=137   (2260 words)

 next-wave.org - the church and culture: The Problem with Western Christianity by baruch
Christianity was the de facto religion of the West for the better part of 2000 years.
Even after the reformation one could still find a niche, especially as a Christian was defined as one born in a family that saw it as their patriotic duty to have their children baptised at birth.
It is good for Christian to have a say in national affairs and to support the passage of godly laws; but doing it in a way that polarises Christians with those of a particular political persuasion, works against the mandate of reaching them for Christ.
www.next-wave.org /aug03/westernproblem.htm   (3755 words)

 What is, and who defines, Evangelical Christianity? | open source theology
Western theology has become “increasingly detached from ecclesial reality and cultural context.”[6] Western Christianity has been characterized as having an emphasis on the primacy of the male as normative for humanity.
Consequently, Christians in the empire were looked upon as a “third race.” To Christians, however, the idea of a “third race” undermined their identity and continuity with antiquity.
While western evangelicals insist that their expression of Christianity is biblical there must also be an acknowledgement that the form of the expression is embedded in western culture.
www.opensourcetheology.net /node/72   (4846 words)

 Western world Summary
Western world has shown that great things are only possible when there is one idea and a whole body to do it.
The great every-day life principles of Christianity describing the mutual respect, equality, appreciating the differences and love for all people were brought around the world, by the Western world during the recent centuries.
The powerful, thoughtful and spiritual people with big hearts from the Western world were always to help in famine, in hard times and in good times for improvement the relationships between the nations, sharing their abilities to deal with the problems.
www.bookrags.com /Western_world   (3616 words)

 A House of Cards by Ryan McMaken
Yet, then as now, things rarely seem to go as planned, and the failure of the Westerns is inevitably blamed on some moral or intellectual defect of the imperial subjects themselves, whether it be an unwillingness to attain a proper level of Marxist class consciousness or their allegiance to an allegedly diabolical religion.
Another distinguishing characteristic of the Christianity of the South is its lack of regard for the virtues of religious pluralism.
The Christians in the South who live daily with the possibility of real violence and religious strife are not willing to sit back and decide that all religions are pretty much made the same.
www.lewrockwell.com /mcmaken/mcmaken83.html   (1757 words)

 The Expansion of Christianity: An Interview with Andrew Walls
Of course, Western theology has made its peace with the Enlightenment, the fundamental assumption of which is that there is a firm line between the empirical world and the transcendent world or spirit world.
Western Christians have particular points on which they cross the line -- incarnation, resurrection, prayer, miracles and so on -- but on the whole they still assume the existence of that firm division.
It seems that African Christians have two challenges: they are reinterpreting their traditional religious culture in the light of Christian teachings, and at the same time they are responding to the pressure of the Enlightenment worldview and Enlightenment-sponsored technology.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=2052   (2632 words)

 Christianity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christians believe that, as Messiah, Jesus was anointed as ruler and savior of both the Jewish people specifically and of humanity in general, and hold that Jesus's coming was the fulfilment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.
Christians believe that upon (bodily) death the individual soul, considered to be immortal, experiences the particular judgment and is either elected for heaven or condemned to hell.
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christianity   (6761 words)

 Western North African Christianity: A History of the Christian Church in Western North Africa
Christianity in Western North Africa was predominantly urban, since its evangelists were Latin speakers who for various reasons had come to North Africa from Rome or other parts of the Roman empire, though the church also grew rapidly in the frontier regions of Numidia where there were fewer Romans and more people of Phonecian ancestry.
The role of the Christian theologian was to challenge and discredit pagan philosophy and substitute a biblical worldview.
The Vandal kingdom was destroyed by a Byzantine invasion in 533, and, although African Christians welcomed the re-establishment of Catholic Christianity, this was the moment at which the Eastern Church and the Western Church came to a parting of the ways.
www.bethel.edu /~letnie/WesternNorthAfricaHomepage.html   (874 words)

 Especially for Inquirers: On Western Christianity
The Western view of the Christian past, however, is particularly artificial—it is a rather a "whopping lie," as the modern idiom would have it, if only because it ignores the historical experience of more than half of the Christian world, the Christian East, from which Western Christianity itself derives!
The first half is a jolting polemic concerning the problems in Western Christianity, followed by a thorough treatise of the author's solution: Eastern Orthodoxy.
Hindered by the paradigms of post-Augustinian thought, Western Christianity has rarely understood these doctrines that predate by several centuries the commonly held juridical ideas of original sin and atonement.
www.orthodoxinfo.com /inquirers/inq_western.aspx   (963 words)

 christianity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
I have spent years living on the street as a teenager and these experiences have givn me the unique ability to view society (and Western Christianity) from the outside more or less objectively, with not very much bias in any direction whatsoever.
Western and Eastern cultures are simply "opposite" interpretations of the same thing - reality/ existence.
I think buried in Western Christianity is the true Christianity, it's just hard to figure it out when you start to think about how "Western Christianity" is simply one culture's interpretation of a set of basic truths of our existence.
mywebpages.comcast.net /dlature/itseminary/Dialogue/mail/msg00050.html   (481 words)

 Western Christianity 11th-17th Centuries
To understand the Pilgrims, and indeed to understand the significance of the founding of the United States as a secular state, one must first have an understanding of the extent of church/state entanglement in medieval and later times.
What follows is a discussion of Western church/state history, with a big plug for Elizabeth I at the end.
The Albigensian Crusade of the 13th century was the first holy war called by the pope against Europeans (the Albigensians, who were Christians but "heretics," were concentrated in the south of France).
www.millsgen.com /gen/hist/histxty.htm   (1600 words)

 Western Christianity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As opposed to Eastern Christianity, it developed and came to be predominant in Western Europe, hence the name.
Most Western Christians use an amended version of the Nicene Creed that says the Holy Spirit "proceeds from the Father and the Son".
Today, the geographical distinction between Western and Eastern Christianity is considerably less absolute than it formerly was, due to the great migrations of Europeans across the globe, and the spread of missionaries worldwide, over the past five centuries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_Christianity   (207 words)

 Buddhism And Christianity
So, on the one hand we have a subtle tendance of the residual Christian religious impulses of the west to subvert Buddhism in the direction of "secular western Christianity" (I'll explain what I mean by this in a minute).
Now, again, due to the historical influence of Christianity, the sort of words which the Dali Lama is going to use to convey his message are going to be religious terms of the sort which Christians would likely have made common coinage.
Third, add to the mix the current western antipathy toward things metaphysical (a consequence of our secular world-view) and the fact that one of the major points of difference between Christianity and Buddhism is their respective metaphysical descriptions of reality.
jmm.aaa.net.au /articles/311.htm   (410 words)

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There are very few Westerners, even as respectful as they may be of our traditions, who really, deep-down, can relate to a Christmas portrayed in the Orthodox way — as the ‘birth of God’, together with the tensions entailed by this that are present in the iconography and hymnography for Orthodox Nativity.
I have been with Western Christians at the Divine Liturgy (Mass), and, while they can’t deny the truth of what we are singing, nevertheless they are not moved by what they see as essentially theological statements (which is, of course, what they are).
Western Christianity, from top-to-bottom, is, from the perspective of the average Western Christian, more sentimental and humanistic than Eastern Christianity.
www.angelfire.com /pa3/OldWorldBasic/Point.htm   (1018 words)

I’ll grant you a multitude of negatives associated with the spread of Christianity and Western values.
Someone’s got it in your head the spread of Christianity, Western Civilization, especially when combined with Capitalism, is the worse thing in the world.
If a respect for life was non-existent in practice at least the idea was embodied in their beliefs and became more influential in those philosophies with the direct impact of Christian and western values.
www.etherzone.com /2006/kali010506.shtml   (2981 words)

 Byzantine Christianity: A Wisdom Path
Christianity, no less than the other great religious traditions of our planet, has an inner, ascetical wisdom path, largely untroubled by sectarian rivalries and internecine strife.
Christianity is not the property of the loud, divisive hate-mongers who have pretended to exclusively represent the Gospel of The Christ in North America and elsewhere.
In the older Byzantine Christian adaptation, coming from the most ancient areas of the Celtic peoples' origins, the use of an Iconostas, and the veneration and incensation of The Holy Table as the nexus of the living and the dead represent the same theology, inculturated differently.
members.aol.com /theloego/byzantine   (725 words)

 Thursday Theology #135 - Samplings from Non-Western Christianity
And the story of their eventual encounter with the Thomas Christians (Syrian Orthodox) is one of the chapters in this book--including the episode of their initial thanksgiving mass celebrated in a Hindu temple.
The theme, taken from the episode just mentioned, engendered wide-ranging discussion of the many different forms of interaction between indigenous Christians of the non-European world and the colonial Christianity of the west during the past five centuries.
The Christianity found in these parts of the world has played an increasingly significant role in the context of World Christianity.
www.crossings.org /thursday/Thur0111.htm   (1714 words)

 Christianity and literature
Though Lewis himself was an Anglican and not an Orthodox Christian, many of his fans have found the worldview that is implicit in Lewis's books has its most explicit expression in the Orthodox Church.
I've started with Lewis because I believe his works, and especially his fiction, can give an idea of the Christian worldview to people who might not otherwise be familiar with it, especially to those in the post-Christian world of much of the northern hemisphere.
There are other works too, not written by Christians, or from an explicitly Chrtistian worldview, that can nevertheless cast light on the Christian approach to the world and its cultures.
www.geocities.com /Athens/7734/litmain.htm   (814 words)

 An Introduction to Western Rite Orthodoxy: Our Plea
It encompasses a great number of Western Christians who are identifying less with their denominational membership and more in terms of how their beliefs square with the traditional teachings of the Christian Faith.
Believing, as many do, that the Christian Faith is a religion of objective and revealed truth which must remain unchanged, many of these traditional Christians are convinced that their conscience will be compromised by continuing membership in their respective denominations.
From the first, attempts to restore Western culture and liturgy to Orthodoxy have been seen to have great potential for calling Western Christians back to the Church of their ancestors, healing the thousand-year-old break which tore the Christian West from its ancient roots in the Orthodox East.
www.westernorthodox.com /trigg   (1470 words)

 Is Christianity a western religion?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The misunderstandings are then compounded by the fact that in the 19th century and for most of the early 20th century Christianity has been predominantly a Western religion.
However, the fact remains that while Christianity has had a base in the West for a period of history, it neither started there, nor is that where the growing edge is today.
At the same time the growing edge of the Christian church is to be found in Asia, Africa and Latin America - in countries which a hundred years earlier had few if any Christians.
radioworldwide.gospelcom.net /war/eastvwest.php   (210 words)

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