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Ch 4: Overview of Christianity

About This Chapter

The Overview of Christianity chapter of this History of Major World Religions Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the basic teaching and history of Christianity. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of the Christian religion.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering basic history of the Christian religion will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the basics of Christianity. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the Christian religion.
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about world religions (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Overview of Christianity chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Overview of Christianity chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about major world religions. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Christianity for a standard world religions course. Topics covered include:

  • The life of Christ through the Gospels
  • The apostle Paul and other early church fathers
  • Emperor Constantine
  • The Great Crusades
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Christian ties to Judaism
  • Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
  • Roman Catholic sacraments
  • Christianity in the 20th Century

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Overview of Christianity
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Gospels: The Life of Christ

1. The Gospels: The Life of Christ

This lesson will be a brief exploration of the life of Christ. It will highlight His virgin birth, public ministry, the reasons for His crucifixion, His resurrection and the Christian message that Christ offered salvation to all who believe in His name.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

2. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Paul and the Early Church Fathers

3. Paul and the Early Church Fathers

This lesson will identify the earliest Church Fathers as the 12 disciples and the Apostle Paul. In doing this, it will highlight the persecution of the Christian Church as well as the conversion of Saul, known to history as Paul.

The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

4. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

5. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church

6. Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church

St. Thomas Aquinas was perhaps the most important figure of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. This lesson examines what he did to help protect the Church against a rebirth of critical thinking by using critical thinking to defend the Church.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

7. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church

8. The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church

This lesson will explore the seven Catholic sacraments of baptism, Eucharist, reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. In doing so, it will also highlight penance and confession.

The Ecumenical Movement of the 20th Century

9. The Ecumenical Movement of the 20th Century

This lesson will seek to explain the Ecumenical Movement of the 20th century. In doing so it will highlight Protestantism, the Edinburgh Missionary Conference, and the first Council of World Churches.

What is Good Friday? - Meaning & Traditions

10. What is Good Friday? - Meaning & Traditions

The Christian faith, like most religious systems, observes many holy days throughout the year. One that is very important, but not always discussed, is Good Friday. In this lesson we'll talk about the beliefs and traditions surrounding this Christian holiday.

History of the Popes: Names & Timeline

11. History of the Popes: Names & Timeline

In Catholicism, the largest single branch of Christianity, the pope is the central figure of the faith. The Catholic Church believes that Jesus chose St. Peter as the first pope and there has been a line of popes in the faith ever since.

Saint Casimir: Biography, Miracles & Timeline

12. Saint Casimir: Biography, Miracles & Timeline

In this lesson you will learn about Saint Casimir of Poland and why he was acclaimed a saint. You will also learn about his virtuous characteristics and his will to do what was right.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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