The Human Truth Foundation

Christianity

https://www.humanreligions.info/christianity.html

By Vexen Crabtree 1998

#atheism #christianity #judaism #monotheism #polytheism

Christianity
Links: Pages on Christianity, Other Religions
The symbol of Christianity
God(s)Atheist / Monotheist / Polytheist / Other
AdherentChristian
AdherentsChristians
TextsThe Bible
AfterlifeHeaven or hell
Founding
HeritageJudaism1 and paganism2
Area of OriginRoman Empire
When1st-3rd centuryCE
FounderBy multiple Greek writers, including St Paul
Numbers in the UK (Census results)
2001 42.08 million2011 33.2 million
Christians Worldwide (Pew & WM)
World: 33.2%. Timor-Leste (East Timor) (99%), Papua New Guinea (99%), Romania (99%), Tokelau (99%), Vatican City (99%), Tonga (98.9%), Armenia (98.5%), American Samoa (98.3%), Faroe Islands (98%), Zambia (97.6%) 3

Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the teachings of Jesus and the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures, as preserved in the Bible. Christianity is counted as one of the great world religions4,5,6.


1. Main Pages on Christianity


Mirrored or copied files:

Minor pages:

2. Numbers of Christians Around the World, by Country

#religion

Pos.Pew Forum (2010)7Worldmapper (2005)8
1Timor-Leste (E. Timor)99.0%84.2%
2Papua New Guinea99.0%94.8%
3Romania99.0%95.8%
4Tokelau99.0%
5Vatican City99.0%100.0%
6Tonga98.9%92.7%
7Armenia98.5%83.4%
8American Samoa98.3%
9Faroe Islands98.0%
10Zambia97.6%83.7%
11Namibia97.5%90.9%
12Marshall Islands97.5%96.0%
13Solomon Islands97.4%95.2%
14Wallis & Futuna97.4%
15Moldova97.4%71.5%
16Kiribati97.0%94.3%
17Malta97.0%98.1%
18Paraguay96.9%95.5%
19Samoa96.8%96.4%
20Lesotho96.8%91.7%
21Puerto Rico96.7%96.7%
22Tuvalu96.7%89.1%
23Grenada96.6%96.6%
24St Helena96.5%
25Martinique96.5%
26Niue96.4%96.8%
27Greenland96.1%96.1%
28Cook Islands96.0%96.6%
29Bahamas96.0%92.0%
30Guadeloupe95.9%
31Congo, DR95.8%95.4%
32Peru95.5%96.4%
33Micronesia95.3%93.2%
34Barbados95.2%95.5%
35Guatemala95.2%97.4%
36Mexico95.1%95.9%
37Iceland95.0%95.8%
38US Virgin Islands94.8%
39St Pierre & Miquelon94.7%
40St Kitts & Nevis94.6%94.6%
q=232.

The population of 161 countries are half (or mostly) Christian (2011)3. Comparing those 161 country(ies) to the rest of the world:

3. Calendar (2024)

#religious_calendars

DateEventNotes
Jan 1st
Monday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Circumcision of Christ

Catholics have started celebrating this on the 3rd of Jan.

Jan 6th
Saturday

(fixed)

Theophany / Baptism of Jesus Christ

(Orthodox). By John the Baptist.

Jan 6th
Saturday

(fixed)

The Epiphany

(Anglican & Roman Catholic). In some countries, celebrated on the first Sunday after Jan 1st. The magi visit baby Jesus bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh

Jan 7th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

The Baptism of Jesus

(Roman Catholic). The Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany By John the Baptist.

Jan 7th
Sunday

(fixed)

Christmas Day

(Orthodox, Rastafarian).
Historically developed from: Q4 Solstice (Yuletide)

Jan 18th
Thursday

(7 days)
(fixed)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

In the global south, celebrated between Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Jan 19th
Friday

(fixed)

The Epiphany

(Orthodox). For the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, according to the Orthodox Julian calendar.

Jan 30th
Tuesday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs

Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Celebrated together to end a long period of disruptive competition between growing sects of followers of each one individually in 11th-12th century.

Feb 2nd
Friday

(fixed)

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple / Candlemas

Feb 13rd
Tuesday

(always on a Tue)

Shrove Tuesday

(Western Churches). Although it relates to absolution from sin, this day was pinned to an ancient day of feasting and consumption.

Feb 14th
Wednesday

(always on a Wed)

First day of Lent / Ash Wednesday

(Western churches). The first day of lent, enacted as Ash Wednesday in Catholic and some Anglican churches.

Mar 1st
Friday

(fixed)

St David's Day

in the UK (Wales). A day declared to be the anniversary of St David's death.

Mar 1st
Friday

(always on a Fri)

Christian Women's World Day of Prayer

in Suriname.

Mar 9th
Saturday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

Mar 17th
Sunday

(fixed)

St Patrick's Day

in the UK. Almost completely secular, but celebrated by Christians as the mythologized day a saint went from Britain to Ireland to convert them to Christianity.

Mar 21st
Thursday

(fixed)

St Joseph's Day

Honouring Joseph, Jesus' father.

Mar 24th
Sunday

(7 days)

Holy Week

(Western Churches). Marking the week of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Mar 24th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday

(Western Churches). The first day of Christian Holy Week.

Mar 25th
Monday

(fixed)

Annunciation of the Theotokos

The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her she will have God's son.

Mar 28th
Thursday

(always on a Thu)

Maundy Thursday

(Western Churches). For the Last Supper.

Mar 29th
Friday

(always on a Fri)

Good Friday

(Western Churches). About the crucifixion of Jesus.

Mar 30th
Saturday

(always on a Sat)

Holy Saturday

(Western Churches). The last day of Lent.

Mar 31st
Sunday

Easter Day

(Western churches). For the resurrection of Jesus.

Apr 23rd
Tuesday

(fixed)

St George's Day

in the UK. Patron Saint of England.

Apr 28th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Palm Sunday

(Orthodox). Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey.

May 5th
Sunday

Easter Day (Julian)

(Orthodox & Rastafarian). For the resurrection of Jesus.

May 10th
Friday

Ascension Day

(Western Churches). 40th day after Easter. Jesus' resurrection on the 3rd day saw him float up into heaven.

May 19th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Whit Sunday

(Western churches). 49th day after Easter.

May 20th
Monday

(always on a Sun)

Pentecost

(Western Churches). 50th day after Easter.

May 21st
Tuesday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Holy Emperors Constantine and Helen

(Orthodox, most Anglican, Lutheran). There are lots of variations on dates for these days, depending on location & denomination.

Jun 14th
Friday

Ascension Day

(Orthodox churches). 40th day after Easter.

Jun 19th
Wednesday

(fixed)

New Church Day

(Swenborgian). Celebration of the principal text that codified the Swenborgian movement.

Jun 23rd
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Trinity Sunday

(Orthodox Churches). About the mystery of God and how to make sense of the Trinity.

Jun 24th
Monday

(fixed)

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Jun 29th
Saturday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Jul 20th
Saturday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Elijah the Prophet

(Western Churches).

Jul 24th
Wednesday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Christina of Bolsena the Great Martyr

Jul 26th
Friday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Conception of Mary by Saints Joachim and Anne

Aug 6th
Tuesday

(fixed)

Transfiguration of Jesus

Jesus clothes became dazzling white and his face changed, and he talks to spirits of Moses and Elijah.

Aug 6th
Tuesday

(fixed)

Transfiguration of Jesus

(Western).

Aug 15th
Thursday

(fixed)

Dormition of the Theotokos / Assumption of Mary

(Orthodox).

Aug 29th
Thursday

(fixed)

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

(Western churches).

Sep 8th
Sunday

(fixed)

Nativity of the Theotokos

Birth of Mary, Mother of Jese.

Sep 11st
Wednesday

(fixed)

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

(Orthodox churches).

Sep 14th
Saturday

(fixed)

Elevation of the Cross

One of the feasts of the cross.

Sep 29th
Sunday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel

(Western Churches). In Catholicism, is the feast of Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and in Anglican Churches is the 'Feast of All Angels'.

Oct 1st
Tuesday

(fixed)

Christian Harvest Festival

Harvests are laid out in church.

Oct 1st
Tuesday

(fixed)

The Protection of the Mother of God

(Russian Orthodox).

Oct 23rd
Wednesday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint James the Just

Oct 26th
Saturday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki

Nov 1st
Friday

(fixed)

All Saints' Day

For all the Saints that don't have their own day.

Nov 2nd
Saturday

(fixed)

All Souls' Day

For remembering the dead.

Nov 8th
Friday

(fixed)

The Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel

(Orthodox Churches). In Catholicism, is the feast of Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and in Anglican Churches is the 'Feast of All Angels'.

Nov 21st
Thursday

(fixed)

Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple / Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dec 6th
Friday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Lycia

(Western Churches).

Dec 8th
Sunday

(fixed)

Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary

(Catholic). The annual declaration by Catholics that Jesus' mother was herself born free from Original Sin.

Dec 14th
Saturday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Spiridon

(Western Churches).

Dec 15th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Advent Sunday

(Western churches). Four Sundays before Christmas. Candles are lit each Sunday for the end of the period of the sun's weakness.
Historically developed from: Q4 Solstice (Yuletide)

Dec 19th
Thursday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Lycia

(Orthodox Churches).

Dec 25th
Wednesday

(fixed)

Nativity / Christmas Day

Previously celebrated in spring, the birth of Jesus was moved in the 4th century to merge it with popular pagan celebrations on the 25th.

Dec 26th
Thursday

(fixed)

The Feast of Saint Stephen the Deacon

4. Denominations

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