Christianity - Day #4

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"Every generation of Christians has this problem of learning how to speak meaningfully to its own age. It cannot be solved without an understanding of the changing existential situation which it faces. If we are to communicate the Christian faith effectively, therefore, we must know and understand the thought forms of our own generation."- Francis A. Schaeffer

Welcome back. We'll take some time to touch base and make sure that everyone is on the same page for these last two weeks.

Distinctive Christian Tenets:  We did these quickly last time, but we'll revisit them briefly today.

Defining terms: Trinity, atonement, incarnation

  • Trinity: Check out Smith (pp. 344-346)
  • Atonement: Check out Smith (pp. 343-344)
  • Incarnation: Check out Smith (pp. 340-343)

Branches of Christianity

Although there are literally thousands of denominations within the Christian family, there are generally considered to be three major branches: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. We will look at the major differences among the three.

Relevant pages from The World's Religions:

  • Roman Catholicism- pp. 346-352
  • Eastern Orthodoxy- pp. 352-356
  • Protestantism- pp. 356-362

Download the Branches of Christianity matrix to guide your work.


Think Again: The Catholic Church
- Foreign Policy magazine does a feature each issue where they challenge the "conventional wisdom" on a particular topic. This issue it is the Catholic Church. We'll take a quick look at these.

HOMEWORK for Christianity - Day #5

Your short essays on Judaism are "due." (As I said, I was fine with them coming in over break if that worked better for you.)

Check the Independent Assignments page if you need reminders about what is due when for those.

You should be reading the Christianity chapter in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. I've updated the reading schedule.

I'm planning on doing the Christianity Multiple Choice quiz during the last part of the hour on Wednesday. We'll have the Christianity Blog Entry due on Friday, and shoot for the Christianity Short Essays being due on Monday, January 11th.

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