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