Christianity

Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith Dialogue

The ever-increasing religious diversity of the United States necessitates that Christians in cities across the country relate to and interact with people of other faith backgrounds. Though some Christians maintain that evangelization is the only appropriate interaction with non-Christians, many others seek to find common ground across religious lines, creating organizations and spaces designed to facilitate open dialogue.... Read more about Interfaith Dialogue

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The Christian churches in America are scarred by their violent legacies of settler colonialism and slavery yet are filled with remarkable diversity; across denominations, Christians create communities and traditions informed by their racial and ethnic identities, and many see their faith as an imperative to reckon with racism in the country today.... Read more about Race and Ethnicity

Fighting for the Bible

Fighting for the BibleThe Bible is used by Christians with different theological and political beliefs as textual support for their positions. Questions of interpretation have high stakes and include whether to take the Bible as literally true and eternally relevant, or as a text that is situated within a particular historical context and should be read allegorically.... Read more about Fighting for the Bible

Festival of St. Anthony

Festival of St. AnthonyEvery August, more than 100,000 people go to the North End of Boston to participate in the Festival of St. Anthony, which, like other festas in the United States, is put on by an Italian American mutual aid society. The Festival celebrates cultural and religious heritage while observing a saint’s feast day.... Read more about Festival of St. Anthony

Devotion to the Virgin Mary

Devotion to MaryMany of the global expressions of devotion to Jesus’s mother, the Virgin Mary, include shrines across the world. For American and particularly Hispanic Catholics, special reverence is often afforded to the Virgin of Guadelupe, Mary’s manifestation as an indigenous Madonna on the hill of Tepeyac in Mexico, who is now considered Patroness of all the Americas.... Read more about Devotion to the Virgin Mary

Baptism by Water and Spirit

Baptism by Water and SpiritModeled on Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, the rite of baptism involves the partial or full immersion of a person into water as a sign of her rebirth into Christianity. Some denominations baptize infants, while others require that the subject has undergone a conversion experience marking their acceptance of Jesus as savior.... Read more about Baptism by Water and Spirit

Birth of the Church

Birth of the ChurchAfter Jesus’ death, his followers traveled to spread his teachings to burgeoning communities of faith. The apostle Paul made the radical shift to proselytize to Gentiles (non-Jews) which advanced  the spread of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean world as more people joined the Christian community of the church.
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The Protestant Movement

The Protestant Movement

Martin Luther, a 16th century German monk with great frustration over the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and an insistence on the gift of salvation through God’s grace, began a process of Christian reform that eventually moved beyond Catholicism. Anabaptists, English reformers, and evangelical Christians have all continued to change Christian doctrine and the ways that Christians churches are internally organized.... Read more about The Protestant Movement

Mission to the World

Mission to the World

For all of Christian history, missionaries have traveled across the world with the goal of creating a global church. Following the routes of empire and trade, new Christian traditions arose. Some served the interests of colonizing powers while others, influenced by diverse indigenous cultures and identities, opposed European imperialism.... Read more about Mission to the World

Credo: “I Believe. . .”

Credo: "I Believe..."Statements of belief unite Christians in their articulation of shared commitments. While the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed are the oldest and most universal creeds of the church, the process of articulating what it means to give one’s heart to Christ has continued to the present. ... Read more about Credo: “I Believe. . .”

Orthodox Christian Churches

Orthodox Christian Churches

The Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches are rooted in Greece, the Middle East, North Africa, and India. While Christianity may have started as one communion, these churches are theologically and liturgically distinct from those in the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions, and have weathered centuries of challenge and change.... Read more about Orthodox Christian Churches

The Modern Era

The Modern EraSince the 17th century, Christians have disagreed about how to interpret the Bible, relate religious faith to scientific discovery, and incorporate broader social changes into church structure. The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s led to Roman Catholic ecclesiastical change, while Protestant churches have offered diverse, sometime ecumenical, and sometimes conflicting answers to these questions. In more recent years, the world has seen a resurgence of evangelical Christianity as well as an increase in pentecostalism, particularly in Latin America, Africa, and the U.S. ... Read more about The Modern Era

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