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Chapter 13

Christianity

TermDefinition
parable a short story that teaches a principle about what is good behavior
salvation the act of being saved from the effects of sin
resurrection the act of rising from the dead
apostle Christian leader chosen by Jesus to spread his message
martyr a person who is willing to die for his or her beliefs
heirarchy an organization with different levels of authority
clergy church officials
laity regular church members
doctrine official church teachings
gospel the four accounts of Jesus' life, included in the New Testament of the Bible
pope the title given to the bishop of Rome
icon a representation of an object of worship
iconoclast a person who destroys icons, or a person who criticizes traditional beliefs
excommunicate to declare that a person or group is no longer a member of the church
schism a separation or division from a church
monastery a religious community