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World Religions: General Research Guide: Christianity

The guide is designed for students in RELI 1301 and 1301H and for persons with general interest in the major faith traditions of the world.

General Information

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Christianity originated in the Mediterranean in the first century CE by followers of Jesus of Nazareth, called the Christ. The dominant religion in Europe and western culture, Christianity is now a global religion  which has many divisions, denominations, and sects. Three major divisions are Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches. Sacred text is The Holy Bible. both Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and The New Testament, with some churches recognizing an inter-testamental Apocrypha.

Reference Books

Reference books are an excellent source to begin learning about a topic.  Be sure to look at the end of an entry to see the books and articles the expert recommends for a topic.

Searching GIL for Books

You can find the books on Christianity in GPC Libraries by using GIL Find or GIL Classic.

Here is a very broad search in the term Christianity.  You may narrow with any of the suggested topics or sort by date descending to see the newest items.

Of Interest on the Web

These might be of interest to those researching Christianity.

Recommended Websites

The Association of Religion Data Archives

Features hundreds of scientific studies, mostly on Christian congreation in the USA. Also note the denominations information with denominational family trees.

Faith Communities Today

Surveys of all major Chirstian denominations, plus some studies and information about Jewish, Muslim, and Bahai congreations.