World Religions: Christianity BY: KAYLA WOLFF

Origin: The origin of Christianity began when prophets began predicting the birth of Christ. Then around 7 B.C. Jesus Christ, was born. The first Christians were Jews who came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. In 392 A.D. Christianity became an official religion of the Roman Empire. Then in 1054 A.D. fights about the Pope's role and authority caused a split in Christianity between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches which still exists today. And finally, in 1517 A.D. Martin Luther, a German monk, started a movement called the Reformation when he criticized certain church practices and the supremacy of the pope. This divided Western Christianity into the Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism.

Major Beliefs: The holy book of Christianity is called the Bible. It is split into the new and old testaments. The New testaments explain how God sent Jesus to restore the relationship between God and the people of earth. The Christian place of worship are in churches which comes from the Greek Ekklesia, meaning "called out ones". Religious leaders of the religion are God and Jesus Christ.

Various Sects of Christianity: There are 3 major forms of Christianity. They are: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestantism.

Key Holidays/Celebrations: There are many celebrations/holidays that Christians celebrate but some are more common then others. All saints day is a day that celebrates all the christian saints. Lent is a 40 day period of fasting in preparation to Easter. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a period of fasting that leads up to Easter. Palm Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Lent and the last Sunday before Easter. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. Easter is the spring festival that celebrates the resurrection of Christ. And Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

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