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Christian mission

Christian churches often send individuals, or small groups of people to a foreign country. These people should then convince the local population to convert to the Christian faith. Very often, this couples evangelisation with humanitarian work. A ...

                                               

Christmas tree

The Christmas tree is a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. It is normally an evergreen coniferous tree that is cut and brought into the home. In Europe, the tree is traditionally a Norway spruce tree. The tree is decorated wi ...

                                               

Church of Christ with the Elijah Message

The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message is a Mormon religious movement. In addition to the Book of Mormon, the group bases itself on 117 messages received by resurrected John the Baptist.

                                               

Church of Pakistan

The Church of Pakistan is a united church in Pakistan, which is part of the Anglican Communion and also a member church of the World Methodist Council. It was established in 1970 with a union of Anglicans, Scottish Presbyterians, United Methodist ...

                                               

Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland is the national church of Scotland, established by law. It is Presbyterian. The Presbyterian Church of Scotland is distinguished from the Anglican Church in a number of ways. It does not have bishops or archbishops; nor is ...

                                               

Cistercian

The term Cistercian is used to refer to an order of Roman Catholic monks. Officially the order is called Ordo Cisterciensis, or Sacer Ordo Cisterciensis. These people follow the same rules as the Benedictines, that is to say those of St Benedict. ...

                                               

Epistle to the Colossians

Colossians is the fifty-first book in the Christian Bible, and the twelfth in the New Testament. The letter to the Colossians says that Jesus Christ is over the entire created universe and tells Christians to lead godly lives. The letter consists ...

                                               

Community of Christ

The Community of Christ is a Mormon movement. From 1872 to 2001, it was known as Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was founded in the 1860s. It did not recognise Brigham Young as a Prophet, but instead followed Joseph Sm ...

                                               

Conservative Judaism

In Conservative Judaism, Jewish values can be divided into ethical and ritual laws - the ethical laws do not change, while the ritual laws are used in different customs. Because oftentimes Jews have to be a part of the society they live in, some ...

                                               

Coptic Catholic Church

The Coptic Catholic Church is a church in full communion with the Pope in Rome instead of the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The church has about 162.000 members. Most of the members are in Egypt. Coptic Catholics are seen as a ...

                                               

Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the name for the largest Christian church in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church is an Oriental Orthodox Christian church. Its churches can be found worldwide, where it serves Coptic believers who have em ...

                                               

Second Epistle to the Corinthians

The Second Epistle to the Corinthians is one of the books in the New Testament. It is an epistle written to the Church at Corinth by the Apostle Paul.

                                               

Counter-Reformation

The Counter-Reformation was a movement within the Roman Catholic Church which began in the 1500s. It covered the following five areas: Spiritual Movements Religious orders Doctrine ideology Political Dimensions Ecclesiastical or Structural Reconf ...

                                               

Crucifixion

Crucifixion is a way to execute someone, usually because they have committed a crime. It was used as a capital punishment by the government of Rome. A prisoner was beaten with whips, and made to carry their own cross. They were either tied or nai ...

                                               

Dangun

In Korean mythology, Dangun was the grandson of the gods, and the founder of Gojoseon, who set up the capital at Asadal. Legends say that around 4.340 years ago, Joseon was the name of the country that became Korea. So Dangun is believed to be an ...

                                               

Day of Ashura

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. It is the high point of the Remembrance of Muharram. Shia Muslims mourn for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. He died at the Battle of Karbala on 1 ...

                                               

Deacon

A deacon is a role in the Christian church. The job of a deacon is different depending on the church he or she is a part of. A deacon usually helps to run the church and teaches people about Christianity. A deacon can also witness marriages. Men ...

                                               

Defender of the Faith

Defender of the Faith is a title belonging to the leader of the Church of England. It was originally conferred upon King Henry VIII of England by Pope Leo X on 11 October 1521 as a reward for the king having written a pamphlet in defense of the s ...

                                               

Demeter

Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and agriculture in ancient Greek religion and myth, one of the Twelve Olympians. The elder sister of Zeus, Demeter presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. She served as the patron goddess of farm ...

                                               

Development of the New Testament canon

The Christian Biblical canon is the set of books in the Bible. Although the Early Church mostly used the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint or the Targums among Aramaic speakers, the Apostles did not otherwise leave a defined s ...

                                               

Dharma (Buddhism)

Dharma in Buddhism means the teachings of the Buddha which lead to enlightenment. What is called Buddhism in western countries is called buddha-dharma in eastern countries. This term simply means "Path of Awakening" and is thus a form of dharma. ...

                                               

Dianetics

Dianetics is an alternative mental health therapy created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who published a book on the subject in 1950 under the name "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health". It is about the way people think. Hub ...

                                               

Dissolution of the monasteries

The dissolution of the monasteries was an event that happened from 1536 to 1540, when English King Henry VIII took away the land and money that the nuns and monks of the Roman Catholic church owned. Henry VIII then gave this land and money to peo ...

                                               

Divine grace

In Christianity Divine Grace means a favour of God for humankind. God favours every person, without looking at what they did or how much they are worth. This grace of God to humans may happen in the gifts that God gives him, such as creation or s ...

                                               

Doctors of the Church

Doctor of the Church is a title used in some Christian churches. It is given to people who are recognized as having been of particular importance, especially in their contribution to theology or doctrine. In the Catholic Church, this title is giv ...

                                               

Eastern Catholic churches

The Eastern Catholic Churches are autocephalous Christian churches. They recognize the Bishop of Rome as their spiritual leader, like other Catholics.They differ on ideas as how a mass should be organised, or which prayers are more important than ...

                                               

Eastern Christianity

Eastern Christianity means the Christian traditions and churches which developed in Greece, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East, East Africa and southern India over several centuries of religious antiquity. That are especiall ...

                                               

EasyEnglish

EasyEnglish is a subset of the English language used for making the Bible text easy to understand. It is used to explain complex ideas in the Bible in a simple way. EasyEnglish is used to make to Bible readable by everyone who has a minimal knowl ...

                                               

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is a book in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is described as "the words of the Philosopher, Davids son, who was King in Jerusalem". This is probably Solomon. The book talks about the meaning of life and the best way to live. Peopl ...

                                               

Ecumenical Patriarch

The Ecumenical Patriarch is the Patriarch of Constantinople. Today, Constantinople is called Istanbul. He is regarded to be the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He has been generally known as the Greek Patriarch of Constantinople. There is ...

                                               

Egerton Gospel

The Egerton Gospel is a set of papyri that are now in the British Museum. The papyri have been dated to the second century. The text they contain may have been written 50-100 AD. It is one of the oldest known fragments of any gospel, or any codex ...

                                               

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha "Festival or "Greater Bairam" is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is when Muslims sacrifice a goat, sheep, cow, camel, and bull sending part of the meat to poor people as a donation. It marks the end o ...

                                               

Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch is a book claiming to be written by Enoch. He was the great-grandfather of Noah and son of Jared in the Bible. However, scholars consider it to be Pseudepigrapha. It is not part of the Bible canon and only the Ethiopian Orthodox ...

                                               

Epistle to the Ephesians

Ephesians, is the forty-ninth book in the Christian Bible, and the tenth in the New Testament. This book is thought to have been written by the Apostle Paul to the people of Ephesus while he was imprisoned in Rome, around 62 A.D. However, the wor ...

                                               

Esau

Esau is the eldest son of Isaac and Rebekah in the Book of Genesis. Jacob his twin brother. He is a cunning hunter, a man of the field Esau gives his birthright as eldest to Jacob for a meal of lentil stew. He is then tricked out of his fathers b ...

                                               

Eschatology

Eschatology is the part of theology that is concerned with what are believed to be the last events in history. It also looks at the destiny of humanity as a whole. Believers may call it the "end of the world" or "end times". Eschatologies vary in ...

                                               

Evangelical Christian Church in Canada

The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada, also called Christian Disciples is an non-denominational Canadian church body. It is made of clergy, churches and ministries. Barton Warren Stone and Alexander Campbell started it in the State of Kentuc ...

                                               

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is a Lutheran denomination in Canada. It is the largest of the Canadian Lutheran churches, with more than 145.000 members. The ELCC started in 1986, when the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada merged w ...

                                               

Evangelicalism

The word evangelicalism refers to a type of Christian belief and practice in conservative Protestant Christianity, although some Catholic Christians would also call themselves evangelicals. Evangelicals believe in spreading their faith, evangelis ...

                                               

Evangelism

Evangelism is the Christian practice of preaching about Jesus Christ to both Christians and non-Christians. The purpose of most evangelism is to help others receive eternal salvation to people who have not heard of, or have denied God. Evangelism ...

                                               

Excommunication

Excommunication is a religious act used to take off or suspend membership in a religious community. The word literally means out of communion, or no longer in communion. In some churches, excommunication includes the belief that the person who wa ...

                                               

Exodus International

Exodus International was a non profit and ex-gay Christian group seeking to limit homosexual desire. The group was based in Orlando, Florida. They did not perform or conduct clinical treatment, although it does have a position saying that holisti ...

                                               

Book of Ezekiel

The Book of Ezekiel, Hebrew: ספר יחזקאל, is a book of the Hebrew Bible and of the Old Testament. It is named after the prophet Ezekiel. It belongs to the Neviim Prophets and consists of 48 chapters. The book begins with a vision of God in heaven ...

                                               

Book of Ezra

The Book of Ezra is a book of the Bible in the Old Testament and Hebrew Tanakh. It details the return of the Jewish people from their exile in Babylon in the second half of the sixth century BC and the struggles they had. These include having to ...

                                               

Five Pillars of Islam

The Five Pillars of Islam are five basic rules in Islam that all Muslims must follow. The Five Pillars consist of: Prayer Salat - Praying five times a day, kneeling towards Mecca. There are specific ritualistic movements and prayers that are said ...

                                               

Florence Cathedral

One of the most amazing architecture made during the Renaissance was built in Italy by a man called Filippo Brunelleschi. Brunelleschi made the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, Italy. It took him 16 years to create and used mainly onl ...

                                               

Free Church of Scotland

The Free Church of Scotland is the general name given to groups of worshippers who broke off from the official Church of Scotland. All these Scottish churches are Presbyterian, based on the ideas of John Knox, and do not have permanent leaders su ...

                                               

Epistle to the Galatians

The Epistle to the Galatians is the forty-eighth book in the Bible, written by the Apostle Paul. The book was written to the people of Galatia, a part of modern day Turkey, with whom Paul had earlier preached and founded the congregation in their ...

                                               

Galli

The Galli were eunuch priests of the goddess Cybele or Agdistis. They were temple attendants sometimes wandering the streets begging for charity, and in return they told peoples fortunes. The Galli wore feminine clothing and grew their hair long, ...

                                               

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is the 10 day-long Hindu festival held on the birthday of the Lord Ganesha. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is celebrated all over India. The festival is held on shukla chaturthi in the Hindu month of Bhaadrapada and ends ...