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Sacred languages:{{Hlist|Ecclesiastical Latin|Koine GreekA history of ancient Greek by Maria Chritē, Maria Arapopoulou, Centre for the Greek Language (Thessalonikē, Greece) pg 436 {{ISBN|0-521-83307-8}}|Syriac languageBOOK, Wilken, Robert Louis, The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 978-0-300-11884-1, 26, }}|religions =Christianity{{unbulleted list }}A Christian ({{IPAc-en|audio=En-us-Christian.ogg|ˈ|k|ɹ|ɪ|s|tʃ|ən|,_|-|t|i|ə|n}}) is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. "Christian" derives from the Koine Greek word Christós (Χριστός), a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term mashiach (Biblical Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ).Bickerman (1949) p. 145, The Christians got their appellation from "Christus," that is, "the Anointed," the Messiah.While there are diverse interpretations of Christianity which sometimes conflict,BOOK, Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, Woodhead, Linda, 2004, Oxford University Press, Oxford, n.p., BOOK, Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction, Beal, Timothy, 2008, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 35, 39, Beal states that, "Although all of them have their historical roots in Christian theology and tradition, and although most would identify themselves as Christian, many would not identify others within the larger category as Christian. Most Baptists and Fundamentalists, for example, would not acknowledge Mormonism or Christian Science as Christian. In fact, the nearly 77 percent of Americans who self-identify as Christian are a diverse pluribus of Christianities that are far from any collective unity." they are united in believing that Jesus has a unique significance. The term "Christian" is also used as an adjective to describe anything associated with Christianity, or in a proverbial sense "all that is noble, and good, and Christ-like."BOOK, History of the Christian Church, Schaff, Philip, Philip Schaff, V. St. Paul and the Conversion of the Gentiles (Note 496),weblink According to a 2011 Pew Research Center survey, there were 2.2 billion Christians around the world in 2010, up from about 600 million in 1910. By 2050, the Christian population is expected to exceed 3 billion. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey Christianity will remain the world's largest religion in 2050, if current trends continue.Today, about 37% of all Christians live in the Americas, about 26% live in Europe, 24% live in sub-Saharan Africa, about 13% live in Asia and the Pacific, and 1% live in the Middle East and North Africa. About half of all Christians worldwide are Catholic, while more than a third are Protestant (37%). Orthodox communions comprise 12% of the world's Christians. Other Christian groups make up the remainder. Christians make up the majority of the population in 158 countries and territories. 280 million Christians live as a minority.Christians have significantly influenced and contributed to human progress in many fields including philanthropy, philosophy,BOOK, A. Spinello, Richard, The Encyclicals of John Paul II: An Introduction and Commentary, 2012, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ... The insights of Christian philosophy “would not have happened without the direct or indirect contribution of Christian faith” (FR 76). Typical Christian philosophers include St. Augustine, St. Bonaventure, and St. Thomas Aquinas. The benefits derived from Christian philosophy are twofold...., 1442219424, 147, BOOK, Roy Vincelette, Alan, Recent Catholic Philosophy: The Nineteenth Century, 2009, Marquette University Press, ... .Catholic thinkers contributed extensively to philosophy during the Nineteenth Century. Besides pioneering the revivals of Augustinianism and Thomism, they also helped to initiate such philosophical movements as Romanticism, Traditionalism, Semi-Rationalism, Spiritualism, Ontologism, and Integralism..., 0874627567, BOOK, Hyman, J., Walsh, J.J., Philosophy in the Middle Ages: The Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Traditions, New York, Harper & Row, 1967, 370638, {{rp|15}} ethics,BOOK, Brown, J., Encyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference, Volume 18, University of Minnesota, ... Christians has also contributed greatly to the abolition of slavery, or at least to the mitigation of the rigour of servitude., 0191025135, 179, literature, business and economics,BOOK, Hillerbrand, Hans J., Encyclopedia of Protestantism: 4-volume Set, 2016, Pickle Partners Publishing, ... In the centuries succeeding the REFORMATION the teaching of Protestantism was consistent on the nature of work. Some Protestant theologians also contributed to the study of economics, especially the nineteenth-century Scottish minister THOMAS CHALMERS...., 1787203042, 174, BOOK, Guan, Wenwei, Intellectual Property Theory and Practice: A Critical Examination of China’s TRIPS Compliance and Beyond, 2014, Springer, ... According to Max Weber's analysis, Protestant Asceticism contributed to the rise of the capitalism in the West...., 364255265X, 51, BOOK, Ernst, Troeltsch, Protestantism and Progress: A Historical Study of the Relation of Protestantism to the Modern World, 2017, Routledge, ...It is clear enough without this that the contribution of Protestantism to modern economic development, which is, in point of fact, one of the most characteristic features of our modern world, is to be ascribed, not to Protestantism as a whole, but primarily to Calvinism, Pietism, and the Sectaries, and that even with them this contribution is only an indirect and consequently an involuntary one., 1351496115, 80, fine arts and architecture, music,BOOK, E. McGrath, Alister, Christianity: An Introduction, 2006, John Wiley & Sons, Virtually every major European composer contributed to the development of church music. Monteverdi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, and Verdi are all examples of composers to have made significant contributions in this sphere. The Catholic church was without question one of the most important patrons of musical developments, and a crucial stimulus to the development of the western musical tradition., 1405108991, 336, BOOK, What Christianity Has Done for the World, 2014, Rose Publishing Inc, Christian, also contributed much to the world of music. A prolific composer, Bach regularly wrote sacred music, dedicating his efforts to the glory of God., 1628621060, theatre and medicine,BOOK, S. Kroger, William, Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology, 2016, Pickle Partners Publishing, Many prominent Catholic physicians and psychologists have made significant contributions to hypnosis in medicine, dentistry, and psychology., 1787203042, as well as science and technology,BOOK, Gilley, Sheridan, Brian Stanley, The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 8, World Christianities C.1815-c.1914, 2006, Cambridge University Press, ... Many of the scientists who contributed to these developments were Christians..., 0521814561, 164, BOOK, Steane, Andrew, Faithful to Science: The Role of Science in Religion, 2014, OUP Oxford, ... the Christian contribution to science has been uniformly at the top level, but it has reached that level and it has been sufficiently strong overall ..., 0191025135, 179, BOOK, L. Johnson, Eric, Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal, 2009, InterVarsity Press, ... . Many of the early leaders of the scientific revolution were Christians of various stripes, including Roger Bacon, Copernicus, Kepler, Francis Bacon, Galileo, Newton, Boyle, Pascal, Descartes, Ray, Linnaeus and Gassendi..., 0830875271, 63, both historically and in modern times.Baruch A. Shalev, 100 Years of Nobel Prizes (2003), Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, p.57: between 1901 and 2000 reveals that 654 Laureates belong to 28 different religions. Most (65.4%) have identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference. {{ISBN|978-0935047370}}

Etymology

The Greek word (Christianos), meaning "follower of Christ", comes from (Christos), meaning "anointed one",Christ at Etymology Online with an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or even belonging to, as in slave ownership.Bickerman, 1949 p. 147, All these Greek terms, formed with the Latin suffix -ianus, exactly as the Latin words of the same derivation, express the idea that the men or things referred to, belong to the person to whose name the suffix is added.p. 145, In Latin this suffix produced proper names of the type Marcianus and, on the other hand, derivatives from the name of a person, which referred to his belongings, like fundus Narcissianus, or, by extension, to his adherents, Ciceroniani. In the Greek Septuagint, christos was used to translate the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ, messiah), meaning "[one who is] anointed."Messiah at Etymology Online In other European languages, equivalent words to Christian are likewise derived from the Greek, such as Chrétien in French and Cristiano in Spanish.

Early usage

File:Antioch Saint Pierre Church Front.JPG|thumb|upright=0.9|right|The Church of Saint Peter near Antioch (modern-day Antakya), the city where the disciples were called "Christians".]]The first recorded use of the term (or its cognates in other languages) is in the New Testament, in Acts 11:26,{{bibleref2|Acts|11:26|9}} after Barnabas brought Saul (Paul) to Antioch where they taught the disciples for about a year, the text says: "[...] the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." The second mention of the term follows in Acts 26:28,{{bibleref2|Acts|26:28|9}} where Herod Agrippa II replied to Paul the Apostle, "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." The third and final New Testament reference to the term is in 1 Peter 4:16, which exhorts believers: "Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf."{{bibleref2|1pe|4:16|9|1 Peter 4:16}}Kenneth Samuel Wuest holds that all three original New Testament verses' usages reflect a derisive element in the term Christian to refer to followers of Christ who did not acknowledge the emperor of Rome.#Wuest-1973 p. 19. The word is used three times in the New Testament, and each time as a term of reproach or derision. Here in Antioch, the name Christianos was coined to distinguish the worshippers of the Christ from the Kaisarianos, the worshippers of Caesar. The city of Antioch, where someone gave them the name Christians, had a reputation for coming up with such nicknames.#Wuest-1973 p. 19. The city of Antioch in Syria had a reputation for coining nicknames. However Peter's apparent endorsement of the term led to its being preferred over "Nazarenes" and the term Christianoi from 1 Peter becomes the standard term in the Early Church Fathers from Ignatius and Polycarp onwards.Christine Trevett Christian women and the time of the Apostolic Fathers 2006 "'Christians' (christianoi) was a term first coined in Syrian Antioch (Acts 11: 26) and which appeared next in Christian sources in Ignatius, Eph 11.2; Rom 3.2; Pol 7.3. Cf. too Did 12.4; MPol 3.1; 10.1; 12.1-2; EpDiog 1.1; 4.6; 5.1;"The earliest occurrences of the term in non-Christian literature include Josephus, referring to "the tribe of Christians, so named from him;"WEB, Josephus,weblink Antiquities of the Jews â€” XVIII, 3:3, Pliny the Younger in correspondence with Trajan; and Tacitus, writing near the end of the 1st century. In the Annals he relates that "by vulgar appellation [they were] commonly called Christians"BOOK, Tacitus, Cornelius, Murphy, Arthur, The works of Cornelius Tacitus: with an essay on his life and genius, notes, supplements, &c, 287, 1836, Thomas Wardle,weblink and identifies Christians as Nero's scapegoats for the Great Fire of Rome.BOOK, The Book of the Acts, Bruce, Frederick Fyvie, F. F. Bruce, 1988, Eerdmans, 228, 0-8028-2505-2,

Nazarenes

Another term for Christians which appears in the New Testament is "Nazarenes". Jesus is named as a Nazarene in Math 2:23, while Saul-Paul is said to be Nazarene in Acts 24:5. The latter verse makes it clear that Nazarene also referred to the name of a sect or heresy, as well as the town called Nazareth. The term Nazarene was also used by the Jewish lawyer Tertullus (Against Marcion 4:8) which records that "the Jews call us Nazarenes." While around 331 AD Eusebius records that Christ was called a Nazoraean from the name Nazareth, and that in earlier centuries "Christians" were once called "Nazarenes".Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies: Volume 65, Issue 1 University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies - 2002 "... around 331, Eusebius says of the place name Nazareth that 'from this name the Christ was called a Nazoraean, and in ancient times we, who are now called Christians, were once called Nazarenes';6 thus he attributes this designation ..." The Hebrew equivalent of "Nazarenes", Notzrim, occurs in the Babylonian Talmud, and is still the modern Israeli Hebrew term for Christian.

Modern usage

File:ChristianityPUA.png|left|thumb|The Latin cross and Ichthys symbols, two symbols often used by Christians to represent their religion ]]

Definition

A wide range of beliefs and practices is found across the world among those who call themselves Christian. Denominations and sects disagree on a common definition of "Christianity". For example, Timothy Beal notes the disparity of beliefs among those who identify as Christians in the United States as follows: Although all of them have their historical roots in Christian theology and tradition, and although most would identify themselves as Christian, many would not identify others within the larger category as Christian. Most Baptists and fundamentalists (Christian Fundamentalism), for example, would not acknowledge Mormonism or Christian Science as Christian. In fact, the nearly 77 percent of Americans who self-identify as Christian are a diverse pluribus of Christianities that are far from any collective unity.BOOK, Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction, Beal, Timothy, 2008, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 35, Linda Woodhead attempts to provide a common belief thread for Christians by noting that "Whatever else they might disagree about, Christians are at least united in believing that Jesus has a unique significance." Philosopher Michael Martin, in his book The Case Against Christianity, evaluated three historical Christian creeds (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed) to establish a set of basic assumptions which include belief in theism, the historicity of Jesus, the Incarnation, salvation through faith in Jesus, and Jesus as an ethical role model.BOOK, The Case Against Christianity, Martin, Michael, Michael Martin (philosopher), 1993, Temple University Press, 12, 1-56639-081-8,

Hebrew terms

File:PikiWiki Israel 17818 Cities in Israel.jpg|right|thumb|upright=0.9|Nazareth is described as the childhood home of JesusJesusThe identification of Jesus as the Messiah is not accepted by Judaism. The term for a Christian in Hebrew is נוֹצְרִי (Notzri—"Nazarene"), a Talmudic term originally derived from the fact that Jesus came from the Galilean village of Nazareth, today in northern Israel.Nazarene at Etymology Online Adherents of Messianic Judaism are referred to in modern Hebrew as יְהוּדִים מְשִׁיחִיִּים (Yehudim Meshihi'im—"Messianic Jews").

Arabic terms

In Arabic-speaking cultures, two words are commonly used for Christians: Naṣrānī (), plural Naṣārā () is generally understood to be derived from Nazareth through the Syriac (Aramaic); Masīḥī () means followers of the Messiah.Society for Internet Research, The Hamas Charter, note 62 (erroneously, "salidi"). The term Nasara rose to prominence in July 2014, after the Fall of Mosul to the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The nun or — the first letter of Nasara—was spray-painted on the property of Christians ejected from the city.Euronews 22 July 2014 "Over the weekend, while the world’s gaze was on Gaza and Syria, the situation of Christians in northern Iraq took a sharp turn for the worse, with thousands forced to flee their homes. ... In Mosul, IS militants marked with a spray-painted ن (the Arabic letter for “N”) all Christian property to be seized after the ultimatum."Where there is a distinction, Nasrani refers to people from a Christian culture and Masihi is used by Christians themselves for those with a religious faith in Jesus.Jeffrey Tayler, Trekking through the Moroccan Sahara. In some countries Nasrani tends to be used generically for non-Muslim Western foreigners, e.g. "blond people."WEB, Nasara,weblink Mazyan Bizaf Show, Another Arabic word sometimes used for Christians, particularly in a political context, is Ṣalībī ( "Crusader") from ṣalīb ( "cross"), which refers to Crusaders and has negative connotations.Akbar S. Ahmed, Islam, Globalization, and Postmodernity, p 110. However, Ṣalībī is a modern term; historically, Muslim writers described European Christian Crusaders as al-Faranj or Alfranj () and Firinjīyah () in Arabic.Rashid al-din Fazl Allâh, quoted in Karl Jahn (ed.) Histoire Universelle de Rasid al-Din Fadl Allah Abul=Khair: I. Histoire des Francs (Texte Persan avec traduction et annotations), Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1951. (Source: M. Ashtiany) This word comes from the name of the Franks and can be seen in the Arab history text Al-Kamil fi al-Tarikh by Ali ibn al-Athir."Account of al-Faranj seizing Antioch" Year 491AH, The Complete History

Asian terms

The most common Persian word is Masīhī (), from Arabic. Other words are Nasrānī (), from Syriac for "Nazarene", and Tarsā (), from Middle Persian word Tarsāg, also meaning "Christian", derived from tars, meaning "fear, respect".MacKenzie, D. N. (1986). A Concise Pahlavi Dictionary. London: Oxford University Press. {{ISBN|0-19-713559-5}}An old Kurdish word for Christian frequently in usage was felle (فەڵە), coming from the root word meaning "to be saved" or "attain salvation".Hazhar Mukriyani, (1990) Hanbanaborina Kurdish-Persian Dictionary Tehran, Soroush press p.527.The Syriac term Nasrani (Nazarene) has also been attached to the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala, India. In the Indian subcontinent, Christians call themselves Isaai (, ), and are also known by this term to adherents of other religions.WEB, Catholic priest in saffron robe called 'Isai Baba',weblink The Indian Express, December 24, 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120113175911weblink">weblink January 13, 2012, This is related to the name they call Jesus, 'Isa Masih, and literally means 'the followers of 'Isa'.In the past, the Malays used to call the Portuguese Serani from the Arabic Nasrani, but the term now refers to the modern Kristang creoles of Malaysia. In Indonesian language, the term "Nasrani" is also used alongside with "Kristen".The Chinese word is (pinyin: jīdū tú), literally "Christ follower." The two characters now pronounced Jīdū in Mandarin Chinese, were originally pronounced Jīdū (基督)Christ in Cantonese, translation, English-Cantonese Dictionary in Cantonese as representation of Latin "Christus".Christian - Meaning Definition Synonym SynopsisCharlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Christus In Vietnam, the same two characters read (:wikt:Cơ đốc|Cơ đốc), and a "follower of Christianity" is a tín đồ Cơ đốc giáo.(File:JapaneseChristiansInPortugueseCostume16-17thCentury.jpg|right|thumb|upright=0.9|Japanese Christians ("Kurisuchan") in Portuguese costume, 16–17th century)In Japan, the term kirishitan (written in Edo period documents 吉利支丹, 切支丹, and in modern Japanese histories as キリシタン), from Portuguese cristão, referred to Roman Catholics in the 16th and 17th centuries before the religion was banned by the Tokugawa shogunate. Today, Christians are referred to in Standard Japanese as キリスト教徒, Kirisuto-kyōto or the English-derived term クリスチャン kurisuchan.Korean still uses 기독교도, Kidok-kyo-do for "Christian", though the Greek form Kurisudo 그리스도 has now replaced the old Sino-Korean Kidok, which refers to Christ himself.In Thailand, the most common terms are คนคริสต์ (khon khrit) or ชาวคริสต์ (chao khrit) which literally mean "Christ person/people" or "Jesus person/people." The Thai word คริสต์ (khrit) is derived from "Christ."

Russian terms

The region of modern Eastern Europe and Central Eurasia (Russia, Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet bloc) has a long history of Christianity and Christian communities on its lands. In ancient times, in the first centuries after the birth of Christ, when this region was called Scythia, the geographical area of Scythians - Christians already lived there.Вселенские Соборы читать, скачать - профессор Антон Владимирович Карташёв Later the region saw the first states to adopt Christianity officially - initially Armenia (301 AD) and Georgia (337 AD), later Bulgaria ({{circa}} 864) and the Great Russian Principality (Kyivan Rus, , {{circa}} 988 AD).In some areas, people of that time{{when|date=December 2016}} came to denote themselves as Christians () and as Russians (). Both terms had strong Christian connotations.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}} In time the Russian term "крестьяне" (khrest'yanye) acquired the meaning "peasants of Christian faith" and later "peasants" (the main part of the population of the region), while the term "христиане" (khristianye) retained its religious meaning and the term "русские" (russkiye) began to mean representatives of the heterogeneous Russian nation formed on the basis of common Christian faith and language,{{citation needed|date=November 2015}} which strongly influenced the history and development of the region. In the region the term "Pravoslav faith" ( - Orthodox faith) or "Russian faith" () from earliest times became almost as known as the original "Christian faith" (христианская, крестьянская вера).{{citation needed|date=December 2016}} Also in some contexts the term "cossack" ( - "free man" by the will of God{{citation needed|date=December 2016}}) was used{{by whom|date=November 2015}} to denote "free" Christians of steppe origin and Russian language.

Other non-religious usages

Nominally "Christian" societies made "Christian" a default label for citizenship or for "people like us".Compare: BOOK, 1957, Christian, Cross, Frank Leslie, Frank Leslie Cross, Livingstone, Elizabeth A., The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church,weblink 3, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005, 336, 9780192802903, 2016-12-05, In modern times the name Christian [...] has tended, in nominally Christian countries, to lose any credal significance and imply only that which is ethically praiseworthy (e.g. 'a Christian action') or socially customary ('Christian name')., In this context, religious or ethnic minorities can use "Christians" or "you Christians" loosely as a shorthand term for mainstream members of society who do not belong to their group - even in a thoroughly secular (though formerly Christian) society.Compare: BOOK, Sandmel, Samuel, We Jews and You Christians: An Inquiry Into Attitudes,weblink Lippincott, 1967, 2016-12-06,

Demographics

{{For|a detailed breakdown of Christian demographics|Christianity by country}}As of the early 21st century, Christianity has approximately 2.4 billion adherents.33.39% of 7.174 billion world population (under "People and Society") WEB,weblink World, CIA world facts, WEB,weblink The List: The World's Fastest-Growing Religions, foreignpolicy.com, March 2007, 2010-01-04, WEB,weblink Major Religions Ranked by Size, Adherents.com, 2009-05-05, The faith represents about a third of the world's population and is the largest religion in the world. Christians have composed about 33 percent of the world's population for around 100 years. The largest Christian denomination is the Roman Catholic Church, with 1.17 billion adherents, representing half of all Christians.Pontifical Yearbook 2010, Catholic News Agency. Accessed September 22, 2011.Christianity remains the dominant religion in the Western World, where 70% are Christians. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, if current trends continue, Christianity will remain the world's largest religion by the year 2050. By 2050, the Christian population is expected to exceed 3 billion. While Muslims have an average of 3.1 children per woman—the highest rate of all religious groups, Christians are second, with 2.7 children per woman. High birth rates and conversion were cited as the reason for Christian population growth. A 2015 study found that approximately 10.2 million Muslims converted to Christianity.JOURNAL, Johnstone, Patrick, Miller, Duane Alexander, Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 2015, 11, 8,weblink 30 October 2015, Christianity is growing in Africa,NEWS,weblink Study: Christianity growth soars in Africa – USATODAY.com, USATODAY.COM, 14 February 2015, 20 December 2011, NEWS,weblink The Battle for Latin America's Soul, 24 June 2001, TIME.com, 14 February 2015, Richard N., Ostling, Asia,WEB,weblink In China, Protestantism's Simplicity Yields More Converts Than Catholicism, 28 March 2012, International Business Times, 14 February 2015, Latin America,WEB,weblink Evangelicals rise in Latin America, Chris Arsenault, 14 February 2015, the Muslim world,Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census and Oceania.(File:Christianity percent population in each nation World Map Christian data by Pew Research.svg|thumb|upright=1.8|center|Percentage of Christians worldwide, June 2014){| class="wikitable sortable" style="margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"|+ Christians (self-described) by regionPew Research Center, 2011)ANALYSIS,weblink Europe, Pewforum.org, 19 December 2011, 17 August 2012, WEB, ANALYSIS,weblink Americas, Pewforum.org, 19 December 2011, 17 August 2012, WEB, ANALYSIS,weblink Global religious landscape: Christians, Pewforum.org, 19 December 2011, 17 August 2012, bgcolor=#CCCCFF! Region! Christians! % Christian| Europe 558,260,000 75.2| Latin America–Caribbean 531,280,000 90.0| Sub-Saharan Africa 517,340,000 62.9| Asia Pacific 286,950,000 7.1| North America 266,630,000 77.4| Middle East–North Africa 12,710,000 3.7!World!style="text-align:right;"| 2,173,180,000!text-align:center;"| 31.5

Socioeconomics

According to a study from 2015, Christians hold the largest amount of wealth (55% of the total world wealth), followed by Muslims (5.8%), Hindus (3.3%) and Jews (1.1%). According to the same study it was found that adherents under the classification Irreligion or other religions hold about 34.8% of the total global wealth.WEB,weblink Christians hold largest percentage of global wealth: Report, deccanherald.com, 2015-01-14, A study done by the nonpartisan wealth research firm New World Wealth found that 56.2% of the 13.1 million millionaires in the world were Christians.The religion of millionairesA Pew Center study about religion and education around the world in 2016, found that Christians ranked as the second most educated religious group around in the world after Jews with an average of 9.3 years of schooling,WEB, December 19, 2011, Religion and Education Around the World,weblink Pew Research Center, December 13, 2016, and the highest numbers of years of schooling among Christians were found in Germany (13.6), New Zealand (13.5) and Estonia (13.1). Christians were also found to have the second highest number of graduate and post-graduate degrees per capita while in absolute numbers ranked in the first place (220 million). Between the various Christian communities, Singapore outranks other nations in terms of Christians who obtain a university degree in institutions of higher education (67%), followed by the Christians of Israel (63%),WEB,weblink المسيحيون العرب يتفوقون على يهود إسرائيل في التعليم, Bokra, 28 December 2011, and the Christians of Georgia (57%).According to the study, Christians in North America, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific regions are highly educated since many of the world universities were built by the historic Christian Churches, in addition to the historical evidence that "Christian monks built libraries and, in the days before printing presses, preserved important earlier writings produced in Latin, Greek and Arabic". According to the same study, Christians have a significant amount of gender equality in educational attainment, and the study suggests that one of the reasons is the encouragement of the Protestant Reformers in promoting the education of women, which led to the eradication of illiteracy among females in Protestant communities.

Notable individuals

Christians have made a myriad contributions in a broad and diverse range of fields, including the sciences, arts, politics, literatures and business. According to 100 Years of Nobel Prizes, a review of Nobel prizes awarded between 1901 and 2000 reveals that (65.4%) of Nobel Prizes laureates identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference.Baruch A. Shalev, 100 Years of Nobel Prizes (2003), Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, p.57: between 1901 and 2000 reveals that 654 Laureates belong to 28 different religion Most (65.4%) have identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference.Eastern Christians (particularly Nestorian Christians) contributed to the Arab Islamic Civilization during the Ummayad and the Abbasid periods by translating works of Greek philosophers to Syriac and afterwards to Arabic.Hill, Donald. Islamic Science and Engineering. 1993. Edinburgh Univ. Press. {{ISBN|0-7486-0455-3}}, p.4BOOK, The Legend of the Middle Ages, Brague, Rémi,weblink 11 February 2014, 9780226070803, 164, 15 April 2009, Ferguson, Kitty Pythagoras: His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2008, (page number not available – occurs toward end of Chapter 13, "The Wrap-up of Antiquity"). "It was in the Near and Middle East and North Africa that the old traditions of teaching and learning continued, and where Christian scholars were carefully preserving ancient texts and knowledge of the ancient Greek language." They also excelled in philosophy, science, theology and medicine.Rémi Brague, Assyrians contributions to the Islamic civilizationBritannica, Nestorian

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Etymology
  • JOURNAL, Bickerman, Elias J., April 1949, The Name of Christians, The Harvard Theological Review, 42, 2, 109–124, 1507955, Bickerman-1949, 10.1017/s0017816000019635, also available in BOOK, Bickerman, Elias J., 1986, 90-04-04395-0, Studies in Jewish and Christian history,weblink (from which page numbers are cited)
  • BOOK, Wuest, Kenneth Samuel, Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament, 1973, 1, 978-0-8028-2280-2,weblink Wuest-1973,
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