Overview of Christianity

Christianity is a monotheistic Abrahamic faith based on the teachings and life of Jesus of Nazareth, which predates both Judaism and Islam. It’s the most popular world religion, having nearly 2.4 Billion followers worldwide. There are four main branches of Christianity: Catholic, Lutheran, Adventist and Unitarian. The majority of Christians in the United States are Baptist, Catholic or Christian.


Christianity started as a movement to spread the message of Christ, but has become a full-fledged religion that believes in the Bible and the idea of a sacred Trinity with God, the devil and the Church as their mediator between humanity and God. The major theme in Christianity is that God is perfect and will save all mankind. The main body of the Christian faith is the Bible, which is also called the Holy Bible. Many scholars agree that the major historical figure in Christianity, Jesus, did not die on the cross but rather was ‘crucified’ on the cross for accepting the Christian doctrines and teaching. Some of the most well-known figures in Christian history are St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Augustine of Assissi. There is also the Reformation, which marks the start of the next section of Christian history, known as schism.

Christianity is often referred to as a young-earth theory, meaning that it believes the earth is very old and mankind only recently lived on it. This view is also used to discount the possibility of a virgin birth, as Joseph was said to be the son of Mary and a Roman citizen. In addition, many Christians believe that Adam and Eve were the first people on earth, and Christ was the second person of this cosmic creation. Other Christians believe that while Christ existed before creation, he only became fully human at the end of the Garden of Eden.