History UsefulNotes / Christianity

22nd Feb '17 1:44:54 PM LordGro
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Literature/TheBible, the text upon which Christianity is based, is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:

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Literature/TheBible, the holy text upon which Christianity is based, of Christianity, is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:
21st Feb '17 10:21:42 PM DustSnitch
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Literature/TheBible is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:

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Literature/TheBible Literature/TheBible, the text upon which Christianity is based, is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:




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* '''UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches''': This is just a list of all the different churches active in the United States.




* UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches: The different types of churches and denominations in the USA.
* Literature/TheBible: A large collection of books espousing both Jewish and Christian teachings.



* ChristianityIsCatholic: Because Catholisim is one of the bigger sects and one of the oldest, some people everyone is like that.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Because Catholisim Catholicism is one of the bigger sects and one of the oldest, some people everyone is like that.



* DeaderThanDead: Kinda sorta what the [[http://www.theopedia.com/annihilationism Annihilationists]] think {{Hell}} actually [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheNothingAfterDeath amounts to]]: 'For the wages of sin is death'.



* [[DevilsAdvocate Devil's Advocate]]: The Devil's Advocate (''advocatus diaboli'') is the popular name for the Promoter of the Faith (''promotor fidei''), a person appointed by the Catholic Church who argues against the formal recognition of someone as a Saint by, again, the Catholic Church. The job has been taken up on at least one occasion (Mother Theresa) by an outright atheist (Christopher Hitchens).
* EvilCounterpart: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unholy_Trinity_(Christianity) According to]] TheOtherWiki, at least, some Christians believe in an evil counterpart to the Holy Trinity called the Unholy Trinity, consisting of Satan (evil counterpart to God), The Anti-Christ (evil counterpart to Jesus) and the False Prophet (evil counterpart to The Holy Spirit)

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* [[DevilsAdvocate Devil's Advocate]]: DevilsAdvocate: The Devil's Advocate (''advocatus diaboli'') is the popular name for the Promoter of the Faith (''promotor fidei''), a person appointed by the Catholic Church who argues against the formal recognition of someone as a Saint by, again, the Catholic Church. The job has been taken up on at least one occasion (Mother Theresa) by an outright atheist (Christopher Hitchens).
* EvilCounterpart: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unholy_Trinity_(Christianity) According to]] TheOtherWiki, at least, some Christians believe in an evil counterpart to the Holy Trinity called the Unholy Trinity, consisting of Satan (evil counterpart to God), The Anti-Christ (evil counterpart to Jesus) and the False Prophet (evil counterpart to The Holy Spirit)
Hitchens).



* SevenDeadlySins and SevenHeavenlyVirtues: Associated with The Church's doctrine.

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* SevenDeadlySins and SevenHeavenlyVirtues: Associated with The Church's doctrine.Deadly Sins as we know them were compiled by Pope Gregory I as a condensed version of an older version of such a list. His Holiness's list became entrenched in Christian faith and culture, and eventually led to a GoodCounterpart of sorts in the SevenHeavenlyVirtues, conceived by the poet Prudentius in the fifth century and popularized in the Middle Ages.
10th Feb '17 3:20:55 PM Narsil
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* Sex: Is it better to be celibate, married, or just fool around? Is it OK to have sex with someone you love and are in a long-term relationship with (and maybe eventually will marry), but are not legally married to, or do you have to have a wedding ceremony first?
* When can someone get a divorce? Is divorce even ''real'', or is it just a legal term instead of a spiritual reality? Can someone remarry after a divorce, or must they remain celibate?

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* Sex: Is it better to be celibate, married, or just fool around? Is it OK to have sex with someone you love and are in a long-term relationship with (and maybe eventually will marry), but are not legally married to, or do you have to have a wedding ceremony first?
first? And as per above: If marriage is required, can people of the same sex marry each other?
* When can someone get a divorce? Is divorce even ''real'', or is it just a legal term instead of a spiritual reality? Can someone remarry after a divorce, or must they remain celibate? celibate?
10th Feb '17 3:11:17 PM Narsil
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* CreepyCoolCrosses: Obviously considering what happened to the Founder.

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* CreepyCoolCrosses: Obviously considering what happened to the Founder. Traditional Christianity uses a wide range of crosses, with subtly different meanings. For example, St. Peter's symbol is an upside-down cross[[note]]according to tradition, Peter was sentenced to be crucified, but considered himself unworthy to die the same way Jesus did--so he asked the Romans to nail him upside down[[/note]], which confuses some people who assume an upside-down Cross must be anti-Christian (many Satanists use it as a symbol).
3rd Jan '17 10:31:10 AM gemmabeta2
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* '''Shakers''' -- got their name from the fact that they'd "shake the sin out of their fingers." Founded by Ann Lee, it dwindled to a current population of 3 (yes, three) as of December 2016 due to the fact they don't believe in sex, helped along by a 1960 law that banned religious groups from adopting children. The Covenant, an official document that all members must sign to be considered Shakers, was closed by the dwindling community in 1957, which means that this denomination will officially die out with this generation. Renowned for their furniture.

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* '''Shakers''' -- got their name from the fact that they'd "shake the sin out of their fingers." Founded by Ann Lee, it dwindled to a current population of 3 2 (yes, three) two) as of December 2016 January 2017 due to the fact they don't believe in sex, helped along by a 1960 law that banned religious groups from adopting children. The Covenant, an official document that all members must sign to be considered Shakers, was closed by the dwindling community in 1957, which means that this denomination will officially die out with this generation. Renowned for their furniture.
25th Dec '16 7:08:14 PM chizo
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'''NOTE:''' Due to a long history of anti-Catholicism within Protestant populations such as the United States, there is a great deal of misinformation about the denomination such as [[NoTrueScotsman Catholics not being "real Christians"]], having [[FantasticCatholicism magical powers]] or being members of TheIlluminati (along with other whack conspiracy theories). Catholics are most definitely Christian - no matter what Protestants may try to tell you. To claim that Catholics aren't Christian is to imply that:
* Christianity didn't exist before 1054 (or at least 1517).
* 1.2 (or 55%) of the 2.2 billion self-professed Christians aren't actually Christians.
* Christianity has merely 1 billion followers, compared to Islam at 1.6 billion, Hinduism at 1 billion, and "unaffiliated" at 1.1 billion.
* Europe is not Christian but instead secular -- with 23% being agnostic or atheist, and merely 12% being Protestants.
19th Dec '16 8:29:49 PM chizo
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Literature/TheBible is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by the Prophet Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:

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Literature/TheBible is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by the Prophet Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:
13th Dec '16 2:00:58 AM HartiganBook
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The world's biggest single religious group tends to be a bit misunderstood at times, even by its own adherents. Since only one in three people worldwide describe themselves as Christians, it follows that at least [[TwoOutOfThreeAintBad two out of three people]] are a little vague on what it is all about.

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The world's biggest single religious group tends to be a bit misunderstood at times, even by its own adherents. Since only one in three people worldwide describe themselves as Christians, it follows that at least [[TwoOutOfThreeAintBad two out of three people]] people are a little vague on what it is all about.
3rd Dec '16 11:30:01 PM chizo
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Literature/TheBible is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by the Prophet Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were forced to convert or were wiped out is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:

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Literature/TheBible is considered the ''bedrock'' of Western literature so reading it and having a good understanding of Christianity is essential to understanding the Western canon. Christianity has had a huge impact on world history and Judeo-Christian faith later inspired a new religion known as Islam founded by the Prophet Muhammad. The Christian world in the Middle East fell to Islamic rule and the presence of Christianity there had greatly diminished even though it had been there the longest. The continued dominance of Christianity in Europe while other areas were [[JoinOrDie forced to convert or were wiped out convert]] is why people view Christianity as a "Western religion" [[{{Irony}} despite its Eastern roots]]. While Christianity shares many of the same principles with Judaism and Islam, it is also very different because of influence from the Roman empire:
1st Dec '16 9:28:56 PM chizo
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* Monasticism (a religious way of life in which one renounces worldly pursuits to devote oneself fully to spiritual work) plays an important role in Christianity. This is in contrast with Judaism where it only plays a marginal role and with Islam which forbids it.
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