Christianity is a religion that began as a sect of Judaism, but slowly evolved to be so different it is now considered a unique religion. Christianity is currently the world's largest religion, although Islam is expected to overtake it in the next few decades. There are thousands of different sects of Christianity around the world, and they all disagree on pretty much every major tenant of the religion, but their is a set of tenants that the majority of denominations agree upon such as Yahweh being their supreme deity, the significance of the books in the New Testament, and the importance of Jesus.
I grew up in a secular home, but I attended an Assemblies of God church (a Pentecostal denomination, a type of Evangelical Protestant Christianity) weekly with my aunt and uncle from around age 10 to 19. Although I am now an atheist and have a rather negative view of all religions, I still find religions interesting and try to learn about them, but mostly in order to help de-convert people.
Christians refer to their various sects as "denominations." There are thousands of different Christian denominations, but the religion as a whole is traditionally broken into five major branches: Church of the East, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Growing up in America, the only two I was taught anything about were Catholicism and Protestantism, and then, mostly Protestantism.
Nearly all sects of Christianity agree that the books canonized into the New Testament are the most important Christian scriptures. However, various sects disagree on which versions of the source material should be considered canon. Most Christians also consider a version of the old testament (essentially the Jewish Torah) to be canon. Beyond that, there are dozens of other books that various denominations consider canon or at least very important to their faith including the Book of Mormon and various apocryphal and pseudographical books.
The following are stories from Christian scripture, and my take on each.
- Binding of Isaac
- Deluge myths
- Exorcism of Legion
- Extreme longevity in Genesis
- Jesus cursing the fig tree
- Sodom and Gomorrah
- Virgin birth of Jesus
The following are essays I have written which address various topics related to Christianity.
- Can a god create a rock so heavy he can't lift it?
- False origins used by Christians
- God at the end of the rainbow
- Hell doesn't exist in the bible
- In God we trust
- Is atheism a religion?
- Jesus spoke Aramaic
- List of biblical words with uncertain meanings
- List of misunderstood words in the King James Bible
- Misinformation religious people tell their children
- Pascal's wager
- Post hoc beliefs
- The problem of evil
- Would you murder your child?
- What is a religion?
- What the Christian god wants
- Why is there something instead of nothing?
- Yahweh is a volcano