What does Christianity mean?

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ˌkrɪs tʃiˈæn ɪ tichris·tian·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Christianity, Christian religionnoun

    a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior

  2. Christendom, Christianitynoun

    the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)

    "for a thousand years the Roman Catholic Church was the principal church of Christendom"

Wiktionary

  1. Christianitynoun

    An Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and various scholars who wrote the Christian Bible.

  2. Etymology: * Respelling of cristente, from crestiente, from stem of christianitas, from christianus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Christianitynoun

    The religion of christians.

    Etymology: chrêtientè, French.

    God doth will that couples, which are married, both infidels, if either party be converted unto christianity, this should not make separation. Richard Hooker, b. 2. s. 5.

    Every one, who lives in the habitual practice of any voluntary sin, cuts himself off from christianity. Joseph Addison, on Ch. Rel.

Wikipedia

  1. Christianity

    Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the world's largest and most widespread religion with roughly 2.4 billion followers representing one-third of the global population. Its adherents, known as Christians, are estimated to make up a majority of the population in 157 countries and territories, and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible (called the Old Testament in Christianity) and chronicled in the New Testament.Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the 1st century Hellenistic Judaism in the Roman province of Judea. Jesus' apostles and their followers spread around the Levant, Europe, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, the South Caucasus, Ancient Carthage, Egypt, and Ethiopia, despite significant initial persecution. It soon attracted gentile God-fearers, which led to a departure from Jewish customs, and, after the Fall of Jerusalem, AD 70 which ended the Temple-based Judaism, Christianity slowly separated from Judaism. Christianity remains culturally diverse in its Western and Eastern branches, as well as in its doctrines concerning justification and the nature of salvation, ecclesiology, ordination, and Christology. The creeds of various Christian denominations generally hold in common Jesus as the Son of God—the Logos incarnated—who ministered, suffered, and died on a cross, but rose from the dead for the salvation of mankind; and referred to as the gospel, meaning the "good news". Describing Jesus' life and teachings are the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, with the Old Testament as the gospel's respected background. Emperor Constantine the Great decriminalized Christianity in the Roman Empire by the Edict of Milan (313), later convening the Council of Nicaea (325) where Early Christianity was consolidated into what would become the State church of the Roman Empire (380). The early history of Christianity's united church before major schisms is sometimes referred to as the "Great Church" (though divergent sects existed at the same time, including Gnostics, Marcionites, and Jewish Christians). The Church of the East split after the Council of Ephesus (431) and Oriental Orthodoxy split after the Council of Chalcedon (451) over differences in Christology, while the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church separated in the East–West Schism (1054), mostly over the authority of the bishop of Rome. Protestantism split in numerous denominations from the Catholic Church in the Reformation era (16th century) over theological and ecclesiological disputes, most predominantly on the issue of justification and the primacy of the bishop of Rome. Christianity played a prominent role in the development of Western civilization, particularly in Europe from late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Following the Age of Discovery (15th–17th century), Christianity was spread into the Americas, Oceania, sub-Saharan Africa, and the rest of the world via missionary work and European colonialism especially during the period of new imperialism.The four largest branches of Christianity are the Catholic Church (1.3 billion), Protestantism (800 million), the Eastern Orthodox Church (220 million), and the Oriental Orthodox churches (60 million), though thousands of smaller church communities exist despite efforts toward unity (ecumenism). Despite a decline in adherence in the West, Christianity remains the dominant religion in the region, with about 70% of that population identifying as Christian. Christianity is growing in Africa and Asia, the world's most populous continents. Christians remain greatly persecuted in many regions of the world, particularly in the Middle East, North Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.

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  1. Christianity

    Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as described in the New Testament of the Bible. It is the world's largest religion, with millions of followers who believe in the divinity of Jesus, his role as the Savior of mankind, and the concept of salvation through faith in him. Christians also adhere to a set of moral and ethical principles derived from biblical teachings, and many of them participate in worship, prayers, sacraments, and community activities within churches or religious gatherings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Christianitynoun

    the religion of Christians; the system of doctrines and precepts taught by Christ

  2. Christianitynoun

    practical conformity of one's inward and outward life to the spirit of the Christian religion

  3. Christianitynoun

    the body of Christian believers

  4. Etymology: [OE. cristiente, OF. cristient, F. chrtient, fr. L. christianitas. ]

Wikidata

  1. Christianity

    Christianity is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings as well as the Old Testament. Most adherents of the Christian faith, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully divine and fully human and the savior of humanity prophesied in the Old Testament. Consequentially, Christians commonly refer to Jesus as Christ or Messiah. The foundation of Christian theology is expressed in the early ecumenical creeds which contain claims predominantly accepted by followers of the Christian faith. These professions state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was subsequently resurrected from the dead in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust him for the remission of their sins. They further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven where he rules and reigns with God the Father. Most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge all humans, living and dead, and grant eternal life to his followers. He is considered the model of a virtuous life, and his ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection are often referred to as the gospel, meaning "Good News".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Christianity

    Belief (q. v.) that there is in Christ, as in no other, from first to last a living incarnation, a flesh and blood embodiment, for salvation of the ever-living spirit of the ever-living God and Father of man, and except that by eating His flesh and drinking His blood, that is, except by participating in His divine-human life, or except in His spirit, there is no assurance of life everlasting to any man; but perhaps it has never been defined all round with greater brevity and precision than it is by Ruskin in his "Præterita," under the impression that the time is come when one should say a firm word concerning it: "The total meaning of it," he says, "was, and is, that the God who made earth and its creatures, took, at a certain time upon the earth, the flesh and form of man; in that flesh sustained the pain and died the death of the creature He had made; rose again after death into glorious human life, and when the date of the human race is ended, will return in visible human form, and render to every mail according to his work. Christianity is the belief in, and love of, God thus manifested. Anything less than this," he adds, "the mere acceptance of the sayings of Christ, or assertion of any less than divine power in His Being, may be, for aught I know, enough for virtue, peace, and safety; but they do not make people Christians, or enable them to understand the heart of the simplest believer in the old doctrine."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Christianity

    The religion stemming from the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ: the religion that believes in God as the Father Almighty who works redemptively through the Holy Spirit for men's salvation and that affirms Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who proclaimed to man the gospel of salvation. (From Webster, 3d ed)

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Christianity' in Nouns Frequency: #2039

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christianity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Christianity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Christianity in a Sentence

  1. Clive Staples Lewis:

    Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    There has always been a popular notion that a religious community’s strength or influence is connected to numbers and attendance, even if there is ample space in cathedrals, Christianity will still hold some strong relevance in different landscapes in the US.

  3. Pastor Kendall:

    True Christianity is that Jesus Christ is our ultimate hope, not Q, not Donald Trump, not any other person.

  4. Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli:

    Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli defended the scathing editorial on Sunday. Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli said in an interview with CBSFace The Nation that Trumps support of causes important to the evangelical community can no longer excuse Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli actions in other areas and said Timothy Dalrymple is morally unfit to occupy the Oval Office. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP I am making a moral judgment that Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli is morally unfitor, even more precisely, its Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli public morality that makes Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli unfit.

  5. Frank Wolf:

    We are ready to see the end of Christianity in a region where Christianity began.

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