What is Christianity?

  • (noun): A monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior.
    Synonyms: Christian religion
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Christianity

Christianity (from the Ancient Greek: Χριστιανός Christianos and the Latin suffix -itas) is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings. It also considers the Hebrew Bible, which is known as the Old Testament, to be canonical. Adherents of the Christian faith are known as Christians.

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Human Rights In China - Civil Liberties - Religious Freedom - Christianity
... The "official Catholic" metropolitan bishop was elected in China in 2007 to replace the deceased Fu Tieshan instead of appointed by the Pope as is customary ... According to Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church in particular is viewed as a foreign power in a situation somewhat analogous to that in Post-Reformation England, and so the official church in China is state-controlled ...
Karen People - Origins
... modern creation, established in the 1800s with the conversion of some Karens to Christianity and shaped by various British colonial policies and practices and the introduction of ... After Christianity was introduced by missionaries during this period, some Karen-speaking Christians began asserting a distinct identity from their non-Christian ...
Ram Swarup - Works
... Hinduism vis-à-vis Christianity and Islam (1982, revised 1992) Christianity, an Imperialist Ideology (1983, with Major T.R ... Goel) Woman in Islam (1994) Hindu Dharma, Isaiat aur Islam (1985, Hindi "Hindu Dharma, Christianity and Islam") Hindu View of Christianity and Islam (1993 ...
Relations Between The Catholic Church And The State - Catholicism and The Roman Emperors
... Christianity emerged in the 1st century as one of many new religions in the Roman Empire ... Christianity remained a growing, albeit, minority religion in the empire for several centuries ... Following Constantine's deathbed conversion in 337 all emperors adopted Christianity, except for Julian the Apostate who, during his brief reign, attempted unsuccessfully to re-instate paganism ...
Christianity - Criticism
... Main article Criticism of Christianity Criticism of Christianity and Christians goes back to the Apostolic age, with the New Testament recording ... In the second century Christianity was criticized by the Jews on a various grounds, e.g ... By the third century criticism of Christianity had mounted, partly as a defense against it, and the 15 volume Adversus Christianos by Porphyry was written as a comprehensive attack on Christianity, in part ...

More definitions of "Christianity":

  • (noun): The collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia).
    Synonyms: Christendom

Famous quotes containing the word christianity:

    To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death freely chosen, death at the right time, brightly and cheerfully accomplished amid children and witnesses: then a real farewell is still possible, as the one who is taking leave is still there; also a real estimate of what one has wished, drawing the sum of one’s life—all in opposition to the wretched and revolting comedy that Christianity has made of the hour of death.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    The conversion of a savage to Christianity is the conversion of Christianity to savagery.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    In great cities men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of co-operation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for all the rest they are careless of neighbours. Christianity teaches us to love our neighbour as ourself; modern society acknowledges no neighbour.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881)