Wikipedia:Describe a Christian religion
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|This page in a nutshell: Articles on a Christian religion or belief should contain text explaining how it is Christian and how it differs from other Christian beliefs|
In order for the reader to be able to distinguish between and better understand various Christian faiths, it would be useful to identify it beliefs and how it differs from or is similar to other Christian faiths.
A simple description of a Christian belief or religion might say, "The Reformed Community Church of the Angels" split with the "Community Church of the Angels" over the principle of [[non-denominationalism]] in 1832. Deacon Calvin Phineas formed the first church in Misagola, Minnesota. It has since grown to 23,000 members in the United States and 4,000 internationally.<ref>proper reference</ref>
Note that the following do not need to be covered in any detail for many mainline Protestant, Orthodox, or Fundamentalist or Evangelical churches. They can state that they uphold the same principals as stated in another article with certain exceptions.
Coverage of Christian principles might include:
What does the church hold about Christ? Was he a man or divine? Was he both simultaneously? Was he divine on earth?
Does the church believe in God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit in one person? If not, how does it relate?
Who are the primary leaders of the church, ministers or priests? What is their position to the congregation or individual members of the church? What formal education is required? How many years of school is required before a person can become a minister? What degree, if any, is required? Must this degree be from an accredited school? Are educational credentials for ministers sometimes or often waived?
Does the church believe in any sacraments? If so, which ones?
What is the church's position on commemorating the Last Supper? Is wine used? How does the church perceive the bread and wine?
Does the church allow or require infant baptism? Is total immersion used?
Is marriage indissoluble? If not, under what circumstances?
Icons or statues
Are icons or statues of religious figures displayed in places of public worship?
What significant practices are allowed or prohibited that would distinguish it from other Christian faiths?