Religions of the world
Christianity: The world's largest religion.
|"Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to
Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution;
it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an
enterprise." Sam Pascoe
||"Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words."
-- This is a saying attributed to Francis of Assisi. But he probably never said it.|
|"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have
power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and
deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses
knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Paul, Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)|
The meaning of "Christianity" and why this web site gives it so much attention:
There are many
this term. Some people regard "Christianity" and their own denomination's name to be synonyms. Others view Christianity as including a full range of faith groups from the most conservative fundamentalist faith group to the most progressive Christian denomination.
We use the following definition:
"We accept as Christian any individual or group who devoutly, sincerely, thoughtfully, seriously, and prayerfully regards themselves to be Christian. That is, they honestly believe that they follow Yeshua of Nazareth's (a.k.a. Jesus Christ's) teachings as they interpret them to be."
This generates a lot of
angry Emails from some visitors to this site who are insistent on
excluding the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormons),
and/or many other denominations as sub-Christian, quasi-Christian,
non-Christian, or anti-Christian.
||We treat Christianity in much greater detail than other religions, simply
75% of North Americans identify themselves with that religion.
Christians outnumber the next largest organized religions,
at least 35 to 1 in the U.S. and Canada. We are not in any way implying
that Christianity is superior or inferior to other religions. It is
simply much more popular in our primary catchment area.|
We recommend that you read these items first. Otherwise the remaining information may not make much sense.
About the Bible:
||Christian books in and out of the Bible: Content, stories, organization, origin, versions, inerrancy,
forgeries, copying errors, inspiration, tools, early Gospels and Epistles that were never accepted into the
|Codes in the Bible: Real, imaginary, or a hoax?|
||The Bible, the world and its people: geology; cosmology; prophecy; Wicca/Witchcraft and the Bible;
are some Bible verses hate literature?|
||Themes & topics in the Bible:
A range of Christian interpretations about the Ten Commandments, abortion, anti-semitism, homosexuality,
the role of women, predictions of the end of the world, salvation.... |
|Apparently immoral passages in the Bible: Incitements to genocide, intolerance, oppression, violence, etc. in the Bible.|
||Scapegoating: the transferability of sin: Punishing the innocent for the sins of the guilty|
Objective and subjective standards. What the Bible says vs. what one's interpretation of what the Bible says: An essay by Susan Humphreys
Don't Read the Bible Alone: Study the Bible with a Commentary and with Other Students An essay by Rabbi Allen S. Maller
Personalities within Christianity:
|Beliefs, creeds, history, practices,
joint efforts, schismatic forces, holy days, trends, urban legends, hoaxes, relics, movies.|
|Relations with, and comparisons to, other religions|
One source estimates that there are 34,000 separate Christian groups in the world. We have descriptions of
Denomination, (from the Amish to The Way)
Meta-group, (Roman Catholicism,
Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism......)
Wing, (conservative, mainline and liberal)
Religious family, (Adventist, Baptist, Lutheran, Reform....)
Systems of belief (Arminianism, British Israelism, Calvinism...)
Links to web sites of Christian
denominations, churches, para-church groups, etc:
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Links to other inclusive religious web sites:
There are tens of millions of religious web sites on the Internet. A Google search for "God" returned almost 500 million hits. Most describe and promote only a single tradition or faith group within a single religion. It is typically the faith group of the Webmaster or of the agency that sponsors the web site.
Some of the other sites that cover a broad range of faith groups are:
Beliefnet.com discusses topics from all religions re: inspiration, spirituality, faith, news etc.
Churchbud is a free social network dedicated to the entire Christian world.
Patheos.com provides balanced views of religion and spirituality.
One remarkable essay is from John Pavlovitz, a Christian minister with 18 years in the field. He describes himself as a: "a Very Tired Christian." He has written an essay which id directed to "Offended Christians. It starts:
"I’m terribly sorry that your feelings are hurt again. I feel badly about that. None of us likes to be criticized, so I totally get it.
I know I’ve said some pretty hard words to you recently, and maybe I’ve been somewhat less than “cheery” in my delivery, but that happens when you’re tired.
And I am really tired."
We strongly recommend reading that essay. It is at: Dear Offended Christian, From a Very Tired Christian
There are problems with this quotation:
|It has been variously attributed to Sam Pascoe,
an American scholar and to Richard Halverson, former chaplain to the U.S.
Senate. Pascoe is cited on the Internet as the author more than ten times as often as
||A case can be made that Christianity did not start in
Palestine. According to Acts 11, the followers of Jesus were first called
Christians in Antioch. Also, the Romans imposed the name "Palestine" on the
Holy Land only circa 135 CE, long after most or all of the books of the Christian
Scriptures (New Testament) were written. Finally, the first followers of
Yeshua of Nazareth, led by Jesus' brother James the Just, considered themselves as Jews, as a new tradition within Judaism, not the
followers of a new religion.
David Barrett et al, "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200,"
Oxford University Press, (2001). Read reviews or order this book safely
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