Christianity, religion founded in Palestine by the followers of Jesus. One of the world's major religions, it predominates in Europe and the Americas, where it has been a powerful historical force and cultural influence, but it also claims adherents in virtually every country of the world.
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- Controversy and Growth
- Early Christianity
- Central Beliefs
- Divisions within the Religion
- Schism between East and West
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