At first glance, this might appear to be a simple enough question—as if all one needs to do is look up the word “Christian” in a dictionary or encyclopedia. But dictionaries and encyclopedias don’t always agree—and neither do Christians.

Introduction

There are essentially as many definitions of what it means to be a Christian as there are numbers of denominations. Just compare theology textbooks and catechisms from various denominations and you’ll see what I mean. What must a person believe or reject to be a Christian? What must a person do or not do? What must a person believe and do to be a faithful Christian if he or she is a Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Eastern Orthodox, or Catholic? And even members within these traditions don’t always agree—evidenced by the splinters and divisions within and from all these traditions. So what does it mean to be a faithful, true Christian? Are you a Christian? Am I? And what are the criteria and who decides?

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What Must I Do to Be Saved? – Marcus Grodi

April 22, 2015

Deep in History

James Tonkowich

How Not to Become a Catholic Part 3: Unity & Schism

February 29, 2012

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The Verses I Never Saw

June 7, 2011

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Which Jesus are you following?

November 4, 2010

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Personal Testimonies

Peter Kreeft

Hauled Aboard the Ark

October 31, 2011

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Looking into Scripture

Following Christ Means Being Concerned with Each Other, Romans 14:22-15:13

April 22, 2015

Deep in Scripture

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed,” Romans 12:1-8

March 11, 2015

Deep in Scripture

We Are Debtors — Romans 8:12-23

December 10, 2014

Deep in Scripture

The Catholic Church and the “Mystical Body of Christ” — Romans 8:1-11

December 4, 2014

Deep in Scripture

“Made for Greatness,” Luke 6:46 & Ephesians 1:4, 18

March 31, 2010

Deep in Scripture

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Deep in History

How Do We Know the Early Church?

December 4, 2014

Deep in History

Peter, the Rock, the Keys, and the Chair

July 29, 2014

Deep in History

Salvation from the Perspective of the Early Church Fathers

March 16, 2010

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Let’s Go Deeper

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