Christian Cross

Introductions to World Religions
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

An Overview of Christianity

Jesus

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What is Christianity?

Christianity is one of the three main “Western” or “Abrahamic” or “Monotheistic” religions (along with Judaism & Islam). As the largest religion in the world today (over 2 billion adherents, or about 1/3 of the world's population), Christianity is based on the belief that Jesus of Nazareth, a man who lived about 2000 years ago in the land of Israel, is the “Christ” (“Messiah”) and the “Son of God.”  Beyond that, however, there is huge variety in specific beliefs and practices.

Like most other world religions, Christianity has several core aspects that can be studied, as outlined below:  
I) History and Development;  II) Core Beliefs and Practices;  III) Structures & Regulations


I) Christian History and Development

I-A) History:

I-B) Branches & Subdivisions:

I-C) Demographics:


II) Core Christian Beliefs and Practices

II-A) Foundational Texts:

II-B) Core Theological Beliefs (Dogmas & Doctrines)

II-C) Core Ethical Teachings (Commandments & Precepts):

II-D) Religious Practices:


III) Christian Structures & Regulations

III-A) Organizational Structures (with great variety between different branches & denominations):

III-B) Rules & Regulations:

III-C) External Relations:


Prominent Christian Symbols:

Other Possible Topics:


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