3. History (origin, development, how they spread,life of jesus)
6. Beliefs and symbols
7. Ethnical teaching
8. Festivals and Holy Places
Christianity at a glance
Christianity is the most popular religion in the world with over 2 billion adherents. 42 million Britons see themselves as nominally Christian, and there are 6 million who are actively practising. * Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah promised in theOld Testament. * Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. * Christians believe that God sent his Son to earth to save humanity from the consequences of its sins. * One of the most important concepts in Christianity is that of Jesus giving his life on the Cross (the Crucifixion) and rising from the dead on the third day (the Resurrection). * Christians believe that there is only one God, but that there are three elements to this one God: * God the Father * God the Son * The Holy Spirit * Christians worship in churches. * Their spiritual leaders are called priests or ministers. * The Christian holy book is the Bible, and consists of the Old and New Testaments. * Christian holy days such as Easter and Christmas are important milestones in the Western secular calendar
The Assumption of Mary
Assumption of the Virgin by Antoine Sallaert (1585–1650) ©
Roman Catholics believe the doctrine of the Assumption, which teaches that at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (i.e. both physically and spiritually) into heaven to live with her son (Jesus Christ) for ever.
Human beings have to wait until the end of time for their bodily resurrection, but Mary 's body was able to go straight to heaven because her soul hadn 't been tainted byoriginal sin.
Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on August 15th each
References: Assumption of the Virgin by Antoine Sallaert (1585–1650) © Roman Catholics believe the doctrine of the Assumption, which teaches that at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (i.e Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, 1950 This made it an important article of faith for Roman Catholics. The Immaculate Conception The Immaculate Conception, orSoult, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618-1682) ©