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Christianity REL2300 Christianity Transcript of power point presentation 42 Slides total Slide 1 Welcome to this presentation on Christianity which is a religion based on the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus. It's interesting to note, and sometimes surprising for students to discover that the historical Jesus both is and is not the founder of Christianity. That is because Jesus himself never wrote anything down nor gave structure or organization to the actual religion itself. It was the early church's experience of a resurrected Christ that really gave birth to Christianity and allowed it to become the world religion it is today. Slide 2 Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected, not resuscitated. There is a difference and the distinction is important. Resurrection has to do with sharing in God's life and power. It's different from resuscitation which is when someone lives, dies and is brought back to life, something like what happened to Lazarus. Resurrection is different; it's more eschatological than historical. Eschatological has to do with the end times. According to Christianity the resurrection of Christ allows us to share in God's life and power to become new creatures. This makes us new creatures through the new power and life that comes through Christ and from God. Slide 3 The three great monotheistic religions that originated in the Middle East are Judaism, Islam and Christianity. They share a common history because they share an ancestor. Abraham is considered to be the father of all three. The Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus fundamentally alters Christianity and differentiates it from Judaism and Islam. In Judaism and Islam there is a primary emphasis on what is called orthopraxy. "Ortho" means correct and "praxy" means practice; right practice. It's the way you should behave; right practice. Christianity, on the other hand, places primary emphasis on orthodoxy or right belief.
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All three religions encourage correct practice and correct belief. It's the primary emphasis on one thing or another that makes a difference, and that's a pretty important difference. One of the reasons Christianity has such an emphasis on right belief is that it had such a difficult time trying to explain how it is both monotheistic, belief in one god, yet Jesus was considered to be divine, plus the whole understanding on the concepts of the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. Christianity doesn't believe in three gods but how is this possible? It took several hundred years before that got ironed out and what ended up being orthodoxy was finally agreed upon. Slide 4 Let's talk for a minute about Revelation. We had covered Revelation in a previous lecture about Judaism; that it is knowledge that comes from what is transcendent, outside the empirical world in which we live. The Central Revelation in Christianity is that Jesus is the Christ. That's the primary Central
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course REL 2300 taught by Professor Www during the Summer '11 term at Casper College.

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