Miracle an event judged to be brought about by divine

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-Miracle: An event judged to be brought about by divine intervention in the ordinary events of history -Monarchianism: A defense of Christian monotheism. This solution to the relationship between the Father and the Son, holds that the “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit” are actually guises that God uses, like the masks used by actors. Or, Jesus was God only in the sense that the power of God rested upon him in a special way during his earthly life
-Monophysite: Someone who believes that Christ had only one nature: divine -Mystery religions: Greek religions that practiced secret rites guaranteeing initiates immortality -Nazarene/Nazorean: The name applied to the followers of Jesus by nonbelieving Jews. The name probably refers to Jesus’ hometown Nazareth; thus they are the followers of the man from Nazareth -Optimistic Agnostics: Evangelical Christians who believed that only Christians will be saved but that it might be possible that those who lived before Christianity might also be saved. And the same could be true for those who never heard the ‘Gospel.’ -Origen: Christian theological who combined scriptures with Platonism and Stoicism. He was the first theologian who held the belief in a preexistent and eternal soul. He also believed in a universal salvation, i.e., eventually everyone will be saved -Pantheon: All the gods or a temple dedicated to them -Parable: A simple story told to illustrate a religious truth or lesson -Pelagius: The Christian scholar who argued that people are capable of choosing and receiving salvation -Pentecost: A festival coming fifty days after Easter. The time when the Holy Spirit descended on the early Christian church. A Christian name for Feast of Weeks in Judaism -Pessimistic Agnostics: Evangelical Christians who acknowledged that they don’t know whether nonChristians can be saved, but don’t think that is likely -Pluralistic Position: This is the belief held by some Christians and denominations that salvation can be found behind all religions, although Christianity is the best path to salvation -Presbyterians: In the tradition of John Calvin, Presbyterians base their beliefs primarily on the Bible. Governance of the church is through the Presbytery and other elected bodies -Proto-Orthodox: This is a scholarly designation for those Christians whose beliefs became dominant in the 4 th century. They agreed with the Marcionites that Jesus was divine and with Jewish Christians who believed that Jesus was a human being -Puritans: Former members of the Church of England who sought to purify it. They settled in Massachusetts and sought to establish a theocracy, a government under rule of God -Quakers: Members of the Society of Friends; established in England by George Fox. Quakers are led by the Inner Light, through democracy -Resurrection: A belief that a person who has been dead will be restored as a whole, living person -Sacraments: Rites instituted by Jesus as recorded in the New Testament to bestow a grace of God

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