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Religion Christianity is the most popular religion in USA and Britain Religion is reflected in art, culture, and even politics eg Christian Coalition (a group within the Republican Party) Christianity Jesus Christ lived 2000 years ago, in the Middle East Bible (holy book of Christianity):

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religion
Religion
  • Christianity is the most popular religion in USA and Britain
  • Religion is reflected in art, culture, and even politics

eg Christian Coalition (a group within the Republican Party)

christianity
Christianity
  • Jesus Christ lived 2000 years ago, in the Middle East
  • Bible (holy book of Christianity):

Old Testament: Jewish writings

New Testament: early Christian writings (including the life of Jesus)

christianity says
Christianity says:
  • There is one God
  • Jesus was God, in human form
  • Love God
  • Love your neighbour (other humans)
roman catholic church
Roman Catholic Church
  • Pope in Rome
  • before 1517 AD: Roman Catholic church was the most powerful organisation in Europe
  • 597 AD: the Roman Catholic church was formally established in Britain
reformation
Reformation
  • 1517 AD: the Protestant church originated in Europe
  • 1534 AD: Church of England was established
religion in britain
Religion in Britain
  • Most English are Protestants

Church of England (Anglican), Methodist, Congregational, Baptist, Quakers, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc

  • Roman Catholic
  • Jews
  • Other (especially new migrants)
  • <1% English regularly go to church
northern ireland
Northern Ireland
  • 17th century: English migrants
  • late 19th century: campaign for “home rule”
  • 1914: violence increases
  • 1922: Northern Ireland created
northern ireland8
Northern Ireland
  • 60% Protestant, 40% Catholic
  • 1960s: Catholic civil rights movement
  • 1972 “Bloody Sunday”: British soldiers kill 13 Catholics in a peaceful march
  • violence continues
religion in usa
Religion in USA
  • American Constitution:
    • freedom of religion
    • separation of religion from government
  • About 50% of Americans regularly go to church

(much more than many Western countries)

religion in usa10
Religion in USA
  • Over 1000 religion groups
  • 60% Protestant

25% Catholic

3% Jewish

  • The many Protestant groups exist side-by-side, and may even preach in each other’s churches.
cults
Cults
    • small, very religion group
    • usually under one person’s control
    • may leave their jobs and families
  • People’s Temple 1978: 914 people killed themselves by drinking poison
  • Heaven’s Gate 1997: 39 people killed themselves, to get to heaven