Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Religious studies
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Many recent scholars have argued that we cannot refer to a single "Christianity," but rather many diverse "Christianities" have existed historically. What do you think? Can we define what "Christianity" is or is referring to the plural more effective? Draw on the readings and lecture to support your view.
Recent studies into Christianity as a religion have shed more light on its history and origin. However, it has also brought about a controversial debate that appears to have no ultimatum. The question of whether Christianity can be defined as a single religion or if it should be described as Christianities due to the numerous branches that have existed over the years continues to ring.
In my opinion, we can define what Christianity is, and the plural does not give a better perspective other than the views presented by scholars on why certain factions came into being. Christianity has been in existence for centuries. Scholars and church historians have used this history to come up with their views on how things were and should be. This has created the notion that Christianity has had different aspects to it from the beginning, an assumption that bears little truth.
Views and opinions offered by scholars and historians on Christianity allude to the fact that all factions originated from the same idea.
For example, the explanation for the reason Protestants parted ways with Catholics, or how liberal Christians try to link Christianity to reason and history all point to the fact that the situation as it is right now is the creation of people's minds and actions. This does not change the fact that Christianity began as a single religion.
Moreover, many of the founding principles upon which Christianity is built remain more or less the same despite the separation of factions into Catholics, Protestants, Liberal Christians, and so on. For instance, all these groups still believe in God and still use the Bible to base their preaching and teachings. This shows that the groups have a common purpose despite differences in ideologies.