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Doctrines of Christian Denominations

This page will compare and explore the more prominent Christian doctrines and creeds, as well as some of the lesser known dogmas that are useful in distinguishing the beliefs of different Christian denominations.

Basic Christian Beliefs
Christianity as a religion encompasses a wide range of faith groups, and each subscribes to its own set of doctrinal positions. These are the basic...

Christian Creeds
These three Christian creeds represent the most widely accepted and ancient Christian statements of faith. Together, they form a summary of...

The Apostles' Creed
The ancient Christian text known as the Apostles' Creed is widely accepted as a statement of faith among Christian churches. Learn the origins of...

The Nicene Creed
The ancient Christian text known as the Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted statement of faith among Christian churches. Learn the origins of...

The Athanasian Creed
The Athanasian Creed gives a precise account of what Christians believe about the divinity of Jesus Christ. Read the Athanasian Creed to learn...

What is Annihilationism?
Annihilationism is a controversial belief that says condemned unbelievers will be annihilated, or destroyed after death, instead of spending an eternity of punishment in hell.

What is Arminianism?
Learn five basic points of Arminianism, the theology developed by Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609).

What Does the Bible Say About New Birth?
The new birth is one of the most exciting doctrines of Christianity, but exactly what does it mean, how does a person get it, and what happens...

Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Definition of the doctrine of "Baptism in the Holy Spirit."

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit - What is It?
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit - What is it? And what is the unforgivable sin? These questions have challenged many Christians over the years. Consider this very simple understanding of the meaning of "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" and the "unforgivable sin." Also take a look at other explanations for these intriguing and sometimes...

Reader Feedback on Blasphemy and the Unforgivable Sin
One reader gives his opinion about the meaning of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and the unforgivable sin.

What is Calvinism?
Learn the five points of Calvinism and what each means.

Calvinism and Arminianism - Side by Side Comparison
One of the most potentially divisive doctrinal debates in the history of the church centers around the opposing doctrines of salvation known as Calvinism and Arminianism. The easiest way to understand the differing doctrinal views is to compare them side by side.

Faith and Works - Is Justification by Faith or Works?
Faith and works form two sides of a theological debate concerning the doctrine of salvation. Learn the key to reconciling this question: Is justification by faith or by works?

What is the Great Commission?
What is the Great Commission and why is it important to Christians today? As the last recorded personal directive of the Savior to his disciples, it holds great significance to followers of Christ. It is the foundation for evangelism and cross-cultural missions work in Christian theology.

Doctrines and Misconceptions About Mary
There are many misconceptions among Christians about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. These are just a few of the doctrines about Mary that have...

What is the Rapture?
Continuing in our study of "end times" biblical events, "What is the Rapture?" takes a brief look at the mysterious doctrine that foretells the disappearance of Christian believers from the face of the earth.

Sin - What is Sin?
What is sin? Hamartiology is the branch of theology that deals with the study of sin. It investigates how sin originated, how it affects the human race, the different types and degrees of sin, and the results of sin.

What is God's Sovereignty?
God's Sovereignty is a running theme throughout the Bible. It is the truth that God has the authority to do whatever he pleases.

Reader Feedback on Soul Sleep
Site readers comment on their insights and perspectives concerning the doctrine of soul sleep.

Southern Baptists and Tongues
A new study by LifeWay Research on the use of private prayer language indicates that half of Southern Baptist pastors believe the Holy Spirit gives some people a special language to pray to God.

Catholic Doctrine of Transubstantiation
Learn the meaning of transubstantiation, a Catholic doctrine referring to the change that takes place during the sacrament of Holy Communion.

What is the Tribulation?
Recent world events, especially in the Middle East have many Christians studying the Bible for an understanding of end times events. This look at "What is the Tribulation?" is just the beginning of our study of the Bible and what it says about the end of this age.

Trinity
Definition of the doctrine of "Trinity."

What is Universalism?
Universalism is a centuries-old belief that all people will be saved by God because of his unconditional love. However, this idea largely ignores the consequences of unrepented sin. Learn why universalism has become popular again and why this doctrine is fatally flawed.

Faith Groups that Reject the Trinity Doctrine
The doctrine of the Trinity is central to most Christian denominations and faith groups. This resource explores faith groups and religions that...

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