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Western Christianity

Western Christianity refers to Catholicism, Protestantism, and Anglicanism. As opposed to Eastern Christianity, it developed and came to be predominant in the Western Europe, hence the name.

Some of the principal respects in which Western Christianity differs from Eastern Christianity are:

  • Western Christianity's doctrine of original sin. Some people attribute Western Christianity's holding this doctrine to the influence of St. Augustine.

Today, the geographical distinction between Western and Eastern Christianity is considerably less absolute than it formerly was, due to the great migrations of Europeans across the globe, and the spread of missionaries worldwide, over the past five centuries.

Last updated: 05-03-2005 17:50:55