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Christianity is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, whom adherents believe to be the son of God. According to Christianity Jesus Christ is the savior of humanity phophesied in the Old Testament.

Contributors in Christianity


Council of Trent

Religion; Christianity

The 19th ecumenical council of the Catholic Church, which took place over the period 1545-63. A very important council in that it reformed numerous aspects of church practice (e.g., abolished the ...


Religion; Christianity

Area of theology dealing with the person of Christ. Treats such topics as the relation between Christ's human and divine natures, and the meaning of his sacrificial death (atonement). The vast ...

Christmas (Xmas)

Religion; Christianity

(Old English Christes masse, "Christ's mass"). Holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25.


Religion; Christianity

(Greek christos, "messiah" or "anointed one"). Title applied to Jesus identifying him as the figure predicted by the Hebrew prophets.

Cathari (or Cathars)

Religion; Christianity

(Greek katharoi, "pure ones"). Heretical sect influential in southern France and nothern Italy in the 13 and 14th centuries. It was characterized by a dualistic worldview and strict asceticism.


Religion; Christianity

Ankle-length garment worn by clergy.

Cappadocian Fathers

Religion; Christianity

Three theologians from the region of Cappadocia in modern-day Turkey - Basil of Caesarea (c. 330-379), Gregory of Nazianzus (329-389) and Gregory of Nyssa (330-395) - whose development of Trinitarian ...

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