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Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. The Christian faith is essentially faith in Jesus as the Christ (or Messiah), the Son of God, the Savior, and God himself.

Adherents of Christianity, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible (the part of scripture common to Christianity and Judaism). Orthodox Christian theology claims that Jesus suffered, died, and was resurrected to open heaven to humans. They further maintain that Jesus ascended into heaven, and most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge all humans, living and dead, and grant immortality to his followers. He is considered the model of a virtuous life, and both the revealer and physical incarnation of God.

Christianity began as a Jewish sect and is classified as an Abrahamic religion. Originating in the eastern Mediterranean, it quickly grew in size and influence over a few decades, and by the 4th century had become the dominant religion within the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, most of the remainder of Europe was Christianized, with Christians also being a (sometimes large) religious minority in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of India. Following the Age of Discovery, through missionary work and colonization, Christianity spread to the Americas and the rest of the world.

As of the early 21st century, Christianity has between 1.5 billion and 2.1 billion adherents, representing about a quarter to a third of the world’s population and is the world’s largest religion. In addition, Christianity, is the state religion of several countries.

The Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.

The Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.

Videos

Born Again to Rebirth can be found on Amazon.com

Links to the Reality Sandwich article and podcast (Look for Podcast #3) discussed in the interview.

Information About Various Christian Sects

More Info

What is Christianity – This is a set of pages that tries to summarize Christian beliefs and practices. It is intended as an introduction to Christianity for non-Christians.

Online Bible – Searchable in English and Spanish.

Christian Prayers

What is Christian Meditation?

Special Topics

Christians Against Prohibition

Christians For Cannabis

Why should Christians support legalizing marijuana?

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