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Christian culture

Cultural practices common to Christianity / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Christian culture generally includes all the cultural practices which have developed around the religion of Christianity. There are variations in the application of Christian beliefs in different cultures and traditions.

Examples of Christian culture
Clockwise from top: Sistine Chapel ceiling, Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, Eastern Orthodox wedding, Christ the Redeemer statue, Nativity scene

Christian culture has influenced and assimilated much from the Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Western culture,[1] Middle Eastern,[2][3] Zoroastrianism,[4] Slavic, Caucasian, and possibly from Indian culture.[5] During the early Roman Empire, Christendom has been divided in the pre-existing Greek East and Latin West. Consequently, different versions of the Christian cultures arose with their own rites and practices, Christianity remains culturally diverse in its Western and Eastern branches.

Christianity played a prominent role in the development of Western civilization, in particular, the Catholic Church and Protestantism.[6] Western culture, throughout most of its history, has been nearly equivalent to Christian culture.[7] Outside the Western world, Christianity has had an influence on various cultures, such as in Africa and Asia.[8][9]

Christians have made a noted contributions to human progress in a broad and diverse range of fields, both historically and in modern times, including science and technology,[10][11][12][13][14] medicine,[15] fine arts and architecture,[16][17][18] politics, literatures,[18] music,[18] philanthropy, philosophy,[19][20][21]:15 ethics,[22] humanism,[23][24][25] theatre and business.[17][26][27][28] According to 100 Years of Nobel Prizes a review of Nobel prizes award between 1901 and 2000 reveals that (65.4%) of Nobel Prizes Laureates, have identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference.[29]

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