- In 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 different Christian denominations.
- Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament.
- The three largest branches of Christianity are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the various denominations of Protestantism.
- Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the mid-1st century in Judea. It quickly spread to Europe, Mesopotamia, Asia and by the 4th century had become the official state church of the Roman Empire.
- In 2010,
- the Catholic Church
- had an income
- Christianity is severely persecuted in at least 27 countries.
- Judas sold Jesus for the equivalent of 4 months' pay of a working man.
- There's an empty place
- next to Muhammad's Tomb,
- reserved for Jesus.
- A 62-foot Jesus statue built by a megachurch was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire.
- The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial.
- Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope.
- There's a Christian church in San Francisco that worships John Coltrane as a Saint and uses his lyrics as prayers.
- There is a sect, offshoot of Christianity, that believes Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.
- Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Iran.
- In 2001, Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur'an to improve relations with Islam.
- Christian Atheists believe in the teachings of Christ but not that they were divinely inspired. They see Jesus as a humanitarian and philosopher rather than the "son of God."
- Early Christians were called "atheists" by Romans as they didn't pay tribute to pagan gods.
- 7% to 10% of Arabs are Christians.
- A Church built into a cave is the largest church in the Middle East.
- so that Jews build a Third Temple and "Jesus comes again".
- The Catholic Church had a list of banned books until 1966, one of which was "Les Miserables."
- Only half of American Christians can name the four Gospels.
- Most Medieval Europeans were illiterate and needed visual reminders of hell to get them into church, so gargoyles were invented.
- Until 2015
- it was illegal
- for the British monarch
- to be Catholic or married to one.
- The site of the Vatican is where Emperor Nero attempted to crush the Christians in Rome by persecuting and murdering Christians.