Specific Christian beliefs:
Ancient & modern;
conservative & liberal.
What this section is all about:
There are approximately 20,000 Christian faith groups in the world. They teach very different sets of beliefs.
Most Christians are comfortable with the beliefs taught by the faith group that they have grown up with or that they have selected later in life. Many are not aware of the diverse beliefs taught by other groups.
In this section, we try to acquaint people with the diversity of beliefs within Christianity.
Topics covered in this section:
|Beliefs held in common by many Christian denominations:|
|Abortion - past and present|
|Afterlife: See "Life after death" |
|Ascension of Jesus towards Heaven|
|Atonement: reconciling humanity and God. "the central doctrine of
||Creation science: See Origins below|
|Demonic possession and exorcisms |
|Divorce and remarriage|
|Dominion Theology and Genesis 1:26|
|Evolution: See Origins|
|The "fall" of humanity|
|Global warming: See Environment|
|Homosexuality -- beliefs of various denominations |
|Inerrancy of the Bible: Is it free of errors?
Indicators of errancy.
||Justification: A joint declaration by Catholics, Methodists, and Lutherans|
|Life after death - the Afterlife. (A big topic, since 76% of us
expect to die someday*)
|Marriage: Marriage and civil unions
Millennium: Competing beliefs about the end of our world.
ETOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it, as
prophesized by Jesus and Paul:
Origin of the species, of Earth, and the rest of the universe:
|Prayer: using it to assess the will of God; a pilot study
|Purgatory: fact or fantasy?
|Rapture: hoax or hope?
|Resurrection of Jesus: Did Jesus rise again after he died?
|Salvation: Are some saved, and others lost?
||Sexuality and gender|
|Sin: (Was Jesus sinless? Original sin, etc.)
||Soul, spirit, body, mind, brain, etc. What a person is made of. A range of descriptions and definitions|
|The Ten Commandments Posting them in public schools etc.
|Urban legends - contemporary beliefs that are hoaxes
|Virgin birth of Jesus: Was Joseph the father of Jesus?|
See also some related menus and essays:
* An AP survey in 1997 revealed that 24% of American adults expect to be
still alive when Jesus returns. They probably believe that they will never experience death. This percentage has probably declined in recent years, because the massive Year 2000 disruption expected by many Americans fizzled, and the percentage of American adults who identify themselves as Christians has been declining. However, it might increase somewhat as the end of 2012 approaches and the widely expected disasters associated with the Winter Soltice that year also fizzle.