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This page Christendom is part of the Christianity series.Illustration: Triumph of Christianity (detail) by Tommaso Laureti (1530-1602.)
This page Christendom is part of the Christianity series.
Illustration: Triumph of Christianity (detail) by Tommaso Laureti (1530-1602.)

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Christendom has several meanings. In a contemporary sense it may refer to the worldwide community of Christians, adherents of Christianity; or the collectivity of Christian majority countries, or countries in which Christianity dominates, or nations in which Christianity is the established religion.

In its historical sense, the term usually refers to the medieval and early modern period, during which the Christian world represented a geopolitical power juxtaposed with both the pagan and especially the Muslim world. In the traditional Roman Catholic sense of the word, it refers to the sum total of nations in which the Catholic Church is the established religion of the state, or which have ecclesiastical concordats with the Holy See.

See also

Outline of Christianity, Christian Apologetics, Criticism of Christianity
Ecumenism, Christianity and other religions, Christian Flag, Crusade, Christian pilgrimage, The Good News, The City of God, Christian culture
History of Christianity, Constantinian shift, Constantine I and Christianity
Roman Catholic Church
Papism, Church militant and church triumphant, Union of Christendom, Catholic Church and ecumenism, Political Catholicism, Interdict
"Western" concepts
Western world, Western nationalism, Role of Christianity in civilization
Muslim world
Spread of Islam, Islamic Studies, Islamic Golden Age
Church and State
Freedom of religion, Caesaropapism, Ecumene, Dominionism, Res publica christiana
Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (Holy Roman Emperor)

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