Introduction to christianity?

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1 year ago
Introduction to Christianity (German :
Einführung in das Christentum) is a 1968 book written by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). Considered one of his most important and widely read books, it presents a "narrative Christology" that demonstrates the place for faith is in the Church. The book offers a "remarkable elucidation of the Apostle's Creed" and gives an "excellent, modern interpretation of the foundations of Christianity". [1]
Originally published in German in 1968 under the title, Einführung in das Christentum , Ratzinger restates the
Apostles' Creed and the meaning of this foundational text in language that has a greater contemporary resonance than the Creed itself. [N 1] Like the Apostles' Creed, the book presents the doctrines pertaining to the Father, the Son, and the Spirit in sequence. [2]
Introduction, "I Believe – Amen"
I. Belief in the World of Today
II. The Ecclesiastical Form of Faith
Part One, God
I. Prolegomena to the Subject of God
II. The Biblical Belief in God
III. The God of Faith and the God of the Philosophers
IV. Faith in God Today
which provides an argument for God's existence based upon the intelligibility of being qua thought ("thought-being") and for freedom as the "structural form of all being" [3]
V. Belief in the Triune God
Part Two, Jesus Christ
I. "I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord"
II. The Development of Faith in Christ in the Christological Articles of the Creed
Part Three, The Spirit and the Church
I. The Intrinsic Unity of the Last Statements in the Creed
II. Two Major Questions Posed by the Articles on the Spirit and the Church
Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
1 year ago
Christianity, the largest religion in the
world, also, the religion with the
biggest number of denominations,
around 34,000. Christianity is probably
the religion that made the most impact
on the whole world, for better or for
worse. You can find it on pretty much
every populated continent in the world.
Whole Europe, North and South
America are predominantly Christian
countries if we don`t count non-
religious people. This is the religion
that gives hope to many people around
the world. But it has also been the
cause of some horrible things in the
past, and some that are happening
even today. There are around 2 billion
Christians all around the world with the
34,000 denominations, which is the
biggest number of denominations in
any religion in the world. Some
denominations had changed a lot
through the past, some have stayed
pretty much the same from their
foundation to the modern times. Many
of the dominations are in the
disagreement with one another, which
text are valid, which are not, what we
should take from the bible as a
guideline for life, and which we should
not. But what they all have in common
is that they believe in one God, in Jesus
and Holy spirit. They also have many
saints that are declared as saints from
the church itself. But how did this
religion started?
History of Christianity
Christianity is main religion in the west,
where it has the biggest amount of
influence. The religion itself is old
around 2000 years. Some count the
birth of Jesus Christ as a start of
Christianity. Some count the time when
Christianity has become an established
as the religion, around 200 years after
the birth of Jesus Christ. The time varies
because of missing information that is
now only part of the history. Early
Christian believers were shunned by
society, especially in Roman Empire.
Many of them were killed because they
believed in the wrong god. Polytheism
was still the main religion in the Roman
Empire. The church was established by
12 Apostles, but, by many historic
accounts, they did not found it straight
after Jesus died. Many of the Christians
in the past had been killed by people of
other belief systems, not only By Roman
Empire. But, finally, Christianty has
become a legal religion in the fourth
century. This was done by Constantine I
who formed First Council of Nicea,
which wrote the Niece Creed. This
creed is still used by the Church of
England, the Roman Catholic Church,
and the Eastern Orthodox Church. In
year 380 Christianity has officially made
the religion of the Roman Empire. And
in years that followed, it was fully
declared that Jesus Christ was both fully
man and fully a God. The books that will
be the part of the bible were determent
and it was also decided that the Nicene
Creed was a permanent doctrine of the
church at the Council of Rome.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the
church has expanded its missionary
work to the rest of the known world,
to the east, west, north and south. The
faith has spread widely amongst the
Germanic, Slavic, Celtic, Viking, Finn and
Hungarian people. The religion had
very fast growth amongst all European
nations. But with the year of 630, Islam
has become to increase its grasp
around the world and soon has taken
over some Christian countries, like
Spain and the most of the North Africa.
After the fall of the Romans,
monasteries began to form all around
the Europe which allowed the Christian
priests to spread their religion as fast
and as effective as they can. The main
purpose of the monasteries was the
learning center, but they also become
the place to teach people about the
Christianity. They gave the rise to the
first universities, such as University of
Paris, Bologna, and Oxford. It is pretty
weird to think that once the church
was an oasis of knowledge and
learning. This has changed so much
during the centuries.
Then Crusades happen, one of the
biggest parts of the churches history.
The plan of crusades was to free the
holy land from rising Islamic influence
in that part of the world. The all nine of
crusade wars were a failure. Christians
were not able to free their holy land.
This has lead to extensive suppression
of heresy in the following decades,
which were mostly initiated by the
Inquisition establishment. After 700
years of existence, the church has
divided on the western and eastern
church. Western was a Catholic church,
and easter was Orthodox Church. There
were many attempts of reuniting both
churches, but the difference that
developed with time has made it pretty
much impossible to connect them both
to the one church.
In the 16th Century, there was a new
device in the Wes
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