Its largest groups are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Protestant churches.
The Oriental Orthodox churches constitute one of the oldest branches of the tradition but had been out of contact with Western Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy from the middle of the 5th century until the late 20th century because of a dispute over Christology (the doctrine of Jesus Christ’s nature and significance).
Christianity is a complex belief system with a long and complicated history.
This lesson provides essay topics focused on helping students connect with and understand Christianity and its historical significance.
Christianity addresses the historical figure of Jesus Christ against the background of, and while seeking to remain faithful to, the experience of one God.
It has consistently rejected polytheism and atheism.At its most basic, Christianity is the faith tradition that focuses on the figure of Jesus Christ.In this context, faith refers both to the believers’ act of trust and to the content of their faith.Finally, the position of Christianity in the world, the relations among its divisions and denominations, its missionary outreach to other peoples, and its relations with other world religions are discussed.For supporting material on various topics, angel and demon; Bible; biblical literature; canon law; creed; Christology; doctrine and dogma; ecumenism; eschatology; exegesis; faith; grace; heaven; hell; heresy; Jesus Christ; liturgical movement; millennialism; miracle; monasticism; monotheism; New Testament; Old Testament; original sin; papacy; prayer; priesthood; purgatory; sacrament; salvation; schism; scripture; theism; theology; and worship.Given such complexity, it is natural that throughout Christian history both those in the tradition and those surrounding it have made attempts at simplification.Two ways to do this have been to concentrate on the “essence” of the faith, and thus on the ideas that are integral to it, or to be concerned with the “identity” of the tradition, and thus on the boundaries of its historical experience.monotheistic religions.As a tradition, Christianity is more than a system of religious belief.It also has generated a culture, a set of ideas and ways of life, practices, and artifacts that have been handed down from generation to generation since Jesus first became the object of faith.Christianity is thus both a living tradition of faith and the culture that the faith leaves behind.The agent of Christianity is the church, the community of people who make up the body of believers.