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  • Christianity is a collection of religions in the Judeo-Christian lineage. They vary widely in outline and detail. Membership in any one of them is understood differently by different members. There is some disagreement about which religions deserve the label. Most of them agree on their primary religious text (the Bible). Attitudes towards the Bible vary widely. (Is it literally true, a historical document, to be interpreted by everyone, interpreted by a special priesthood, how are specific items to b
    • There's substantial debate over who split from whom - Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. And for divergence in practice, Eastern Orthodoxy (and others, such as Coptic) seems to have retained much more of the earlie(r|est) practices and style, whereas Roman Catholicism has added and changed both practices and doctrine substantially over the centuries/millenia. Fwiw, I don't subscribe exclusively to either of these two branches of Christianity.

      Islam isn't arbitrarily not considered Christian, by either Muslims or Christians, although it's generally accepted as among the Judeo-Christian line. The status of Mohammed and the Quran are among the major differentiators.

      But those are pretty much minor quibbles on what's otherwise a pretty darn good historical/doctrinal outline. Keep in mind, though, that for most peeps of a spiritual bent (regardless of religion) that their faith in(clud|volv)es muchmuchmuch more than history and doctrine.

      And as a Christian, I also don't see it as my place to dispute how Christian anyone else is. 8^)