Origins of Christianity
Basic religious beliefs: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sacrificed himself to save people from sins.
Classifications of religion: Universalizing and Monotheistic religion
Branches and divisions:
Branches: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant
Denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian
- Began in Palestine (Hearth)
- Missionaries diffused it to the edges of the Roman Empire’s sea routes and roads
- From the edges of the Empire it worked its way in through contagious diffusion.
- The dominance of the religion was assured after it enacted hierarchical diffusion.
- From there it relocation diffused during the Era of Explanation.
- Bethlehem, Israel: birthplace of Jesus
- Nazareth, Israel: where Jesus lived and began ministry
- Jerusalem, Israel: where the early Church was started
- The Vatican (Catholicism): also known as "Vatican City" and "The Holy See"
- (an independent state within Rome, Italy)
- Salt Lake City (Mormons): Utah: World headquarters of Church of Jesus
- Christ of Latter-day Saints; site of Salt Lake Temple, Temple Square,
- Mormon Tabernacle, etc.
Where it is practiced today:
The majority of Christianity’s followers are located in the Western World (North America and Europe), but Christianity is not uncommon to be practiced in any other part of the world.
Number of followers:
2.04 Billion People practice Christianity
The Ten Commandments.
Ichthus (Christian Fish)
Alpha and Omega
Place of Worship
Impact on social and family structures
Christians have taboos (a restriction due to one's faith). Some examples include having premarital sex , and being involved with another religion.
Impact on Family:
Man dominates the family and is in charge.
Children must listen to their parents.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord(Colossians 3:20)
Impact on cultural beliefs and expectations
Christians do not support abortion:
"You shall not kill either the fetus by abortion or the new born"(Letter or Barnabas, circa 125)
Homosexuality is wrong
Expectations:Reading the Bible
Going to Church on Sundays
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