Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with about 2.2 billion adherents worldwide. It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who lived in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago. Christianity was founded around AD 30-32 in southern Levant which is modern day Israel/Palestine. Through its missionary activity Christianity has spread to most parts of the globe, with USA, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria being the top 4 countries with the most Christians. Jesus Christ, who was crucified around A.D. 30 in Jerusalem
All over the world, people still come to admire the beauty of European cathedrals. Many of the cathedrals are fragile due to age, neglect, pollution, and insufficient funds available to restore these historical and magnificent buildings. Nevertheless, visitors to these architectural masterpieces are fascinated by the design and structure of these churches. The cathedral builders using their own ingenuity, expertise, and limited resources were able to defy the laws of gravity and time. (Icher 30)
typified the preceding centuries to the era of the great Gothic cathedrals which were to become the architectural symbol of the middle ages. The transformation was not simply one of size or scope but a manifestation of the cultural shifts which were occurring as the medieval age commenced. By this time, numbers and geometry had acquired a metaphysical significance and were believed to have occult symbolism and power. The introduction of sacred geometry into all aspects of the design of places of worship
Generally, religion is defined as a set of organized beliefs connected to the cause, purpose and nature of the universe. Although there isn’t an exact definition of religion, one usually tends to describe it according to his or her culture and background. At the heart of most religions, a God(s) is (are) the source of power and greatness through which all things are manifest. God(s) are typically believed to be omnipresent and ubiquitous, a ephemeral being that is there during struggle and depression
individuals’ lives. For example, I am a member of the Roman Catholic Church and I belong to the Republican political party. Using the examples I used for social units, my religion and political party will affect me when trying to make a decision. Society may see it as normal to abort, participate in pre-martial sex or use contraceptives during sex but my religion sees it as morally wrong to do any of these examples. The demands and beliefs of my religion will interfere with my conscience when trying to
The number of converts to Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Baha’ism, and Spiritualism is growing daily. People are searching for a genuine Faith that is not dominated by greed and hypocrisy. Indigenous, tribal practices are performed to this day in remote regions of the world. Shamans and medicine men continue to practice on isolated islands, in Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Atheism, a concept that any and all religious beliefs are a bunch of bunk, is also gaining support throughout the world.
used (and still is) within many religious practices. It can be dated back to Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece and Celtic times where it stood as a symbol for many different, earthly associations. Unfortunately, a dark period in history led the Catholic church to believe that the pentacle is associated with Satanic evil. Despite the misconceptions, however, the pentacle has been reclaimed by Neo-Pagan religious groups in an attempt to bring the original, positive spirituality back to its symbolism
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