|1.||[ noun ] (religion,Christianity) a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior|
|Related terms:||religion Protestantism Catholicism Tractarianism albigensianism Adventism donatism redemption Hell cursed Church_Father Incarnation Ascension Immaculate_Conception Nicene_Creed real_presence errancy tritheism article_of_faith ecumenism mortification Elysium assumption ransomed communion council laurentius Antichrist Annunciation inerrancy receive august_6 transubstantiate|
|2.||[ noun ] (religion,Christianity) a group of Christians; any group professing Christian doctrine or belief|
"the church is debating the issue of women priests"
|Related terms:||religion Protestant_Church Catholic_Church nestorian_church Coptic_Church armenian_apostolic_orthodox_church unification_church Christian Christendom|
|3.||[ noun ] (Christianity) the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)|
"for a thousand years the Roman Catholic Church was the principal church of Christendom"
|Related terms:||body church church|