Based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ approximately 2,000 years ago, Christianity is one of the most influential religions in history. Although it began as a small sect of Judaism during the first century in ancient Israel, the Christian religion has nearly 2 billion followers at the beginning of the 21st century and can be found in virtually every corner of the globe.

  • Christian Beliefs

    Christianity has historically taken correct doctrine very seriously. The early fathers and church councils carefully distinguished between "orthodoxy" from "heresy" in an effort to preserve what they saw as the... read more

  • Christian Denominations

    Christianity has divided into three major branches over the centuries. Over the centuries, Christianity has divided into numerous denominations. Each denomination has its own distinctive beliefs or practices, but... read more

  • Christian History

    Context of Christianity The Christian religion was born in Palestine, a small stretch of land on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The Jews considered Palestine their Promised Land, but because... read more

  • Christian Practices

    Christian practices vary by denomination, but common elements include a Sunday worship service, private and corporate prayer, study and reading of the Scriptures, and participation in rites such as baptism... read more

  • Christian Texts

    The Sacred Texts of Christianity The Bible The primary sacred text of Christianity is the Bible. Its name is derived from the Latin word biblia, which simply means "... read more

  • Christian Holidays and Festivals

    The most important Christian holiday is Easter, a spring festival that celebrates Christ's resurrection from the dead. Easter is immediately preceded by Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy... read more

  • Christian Symbols

    Whether carved on first-century tombs, incorporated into medieval art, or tattooed on twenty-first century bodies, symbols have always played an important role in the Christian religion.... read more

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UpdatedNovember 10, 2015
MLA Citation“Christianity.” 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 2 Dec. 2015. <>