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Welcome to Christianity in View.

A guide to Christian faith and practice.

crossAn Introduction:

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G a warm welcome to this web site.

bullet This website aims to give an overview of Christian faith and practice. Included are sections on the three main Christian traditions (Orthodox , Protestant and Roman Catholic), together with a comparison of the teaching of each tradition.

bullet Also available is a Q and A page, containing answers to some common questions about the Christian faith, a new discussion forum and a page with downloadable resources.

bullet We have a world map, with detailed numbers and percentages of Christians by country.


pie chart Statistics on the Christian Faith:

NOTES:

1. 'Protestant' in this context includes the Anglican churches, but excludes groups such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly called 'Mormons') and Jehovah's Witnesses.

2. 'Orthodox' includes both the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches.

3. All statistics shown are taken from the adherents.com web site and Wikipedia and are approximate estimates.

4. A list of the top ten countries by Christian population together with a breakdown of the number of Christians by continent (2010 estimates), is shown separately on this web site.


NOTES:

1. 'Agnostic/Atheist' in this context also includes 'Secular' and Non-religious' groups.

2. 'Others' includes groups such as Scientology (0.5 million), Rastafarianism (0.7 million) and Unitarian Universalism (0.63 million).

3. 'Chinese Traditional' includes groups such as Taoism and Confucianism.

4. 'Folk Religions' includes Animism and Shamanism.



NOTES:

1. Figures are taken from the Wikipedia website as of 2011: Christian Denominations

2. 'Other Protestant' includes amongst others, Congregationalism (5 Million), Anabaptist Churches such as the Amish (5 Million), Quakers (0.4 Million) and the various African independent Churches (c. 40 Million).



Mouse over each dot for the figures for each year.

Detailed figures are available at the WERC web site (PDF format).


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steps icon 12 Steps in Establishing the Case for Christianity :

In his work, Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, the writer Norman Geisler sets forth a twelve step process in arguing the case for Christianity:

12 Steps

1. Truth about reality is knowable.
2. The opposite of true is false.
3. It is true that the theistic God exists.
4. If God exists then miracles are possible.
5. Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God.
6. The New Testament is historically reliable.
7. The New Testament says Jesus claimed to be God.
8. Jesus' claim to be God was miraculously confirmed by:
(a) His fulfillment of many prophecies about Himself; (b) His sinless and miraculous life; (c) His prediction and accomplishment of His resurrection.
9. Therefore, Jesus is God.
10. Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true.
11. Jesus taught that the Bible is absolute Word of God.
12. Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God (and anything opposed to it is false).


crossThe Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226):


Make me a Instrument of Your Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



St. Francis (c. 1181-1226) is one of the most popular Christian figures in history. The son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, Italy; Francis found himself increasingly drawn to life of prayer, reflection and caring for the poor. in 1208 he began to preach and soon gathered a group of followers around him. in 1223, Francis won papal approval for the establishment of a new order, named after himself. In 1224, he underwent a profound mystical experience which culminated in him allegedly receiving the wounds of Christ or stigmata on his body. He died in 1226 and was canonized as a saint two years later by Pope Gregory IX.

This website has a page devoted to additional Christian Prayers.

explore icon Exploring Christianity:

Christianity is, first and foremost, about the person of Christ - his life, his work and his message. If you are starting to investigate the Christian faith, please visit the Father's love letter page, which through a series of Bible verses aims to explain God's will for men and women.

The Christian faith is summarised in the form of creeds or statements of belief. Historic Christianity asserts that:

The Christian worldview is compared to other belief systems such as Atheism and Deism by means of a flowchart.

Many churches around the world provide the Alpha course for those wanting to explore Christian belief. For information on joining the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches, please visit the Beginning Catholic or St Mary's Orthodox Church pages respectively.

If you are based in the UK and Ireland, you can also write to the following address to make contact with a local Christian:

3 REASONS, FREEPOST WC2947, SOUTH CROYDON, CR2 8UZ.

May God bless you as you read these pages.

Iain

The Nativity, by Gerard van Honthorst
The Nativity, by Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656).


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