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Christian Church

The Christian Church (or the Church) is a term for a unique collective encompassing Christians across the world, defined differently by various Christian denominations. In Protestantism, the Church is a body composed of all believers, with "body" and "believer" defined in various ways. For most denominations which pre-date the Protestant Reformation, "the Church" is connected to a particular human institution associated with that denomination, such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox Church; this distinguishes the one true church from groups considered schismatic (differing in organization) or heretical (differing in doctrine). Anglican branch theory holds that Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism (though ecumenical proponents include Protestantism) are branches of the Christian Church. The souls of dead Christians as members of the Church is part of the mainly Protestant idea of the church invisible, and the mainly Catholic idea of the Churches Militant, Penitent, and Triumphant. Ecclesiology is the subdiscipline within Christian theology which studies the nature of the Christian Church.

Most English translations of the New Testament generally use the word "church" as a translation of the Ancient Greek: ἐκκλησία, romanized: ecclesia, found in the original Greek texts, which generally meant an "assembly" or "congregation". This term appears in two verses of the Gospel of Matthew, 24 verses of the Acts of the Apostles, 58 verses of the Pauline epistles (including the earliest instances of its use in relation to a Christian body), two verses of the Letter to the Hebrews, one verse of the Epistle of James, three verses of the Third Epistle of John, and 19 verses of the Book of Revelation. In total, ἐκκλησία appears in the New Testament text 114 times, although not every instance is a technical reference to the church. As such it is used for local communities as well as in a universal sense to mean all believers. "Christianity", on the other hand, was first by the Church Father Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35–108/140 AD).

The Four Marks of the Church first expressed in the Nicene Creed (381) are that the Church is one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic.

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