What is Christianity? – Term 2

What is Christianity

Activities:

  1. Did Jesus Really Exist? – What evidence is there that Jesus really existed? Create a poster or documentary that discusses the evidence. You should look at the work of Cornelius Tacitus (55-117CE); Tranquillus Seutonius (69-140CE); Flavius Josephus (37-100CE) as well as any other evidence you can find. You should treat this like an historical enquiry. Look at the evidence, assess how convincing it is and come to a judgement. **
  2. The Synoptic Problem – Find out what the synoptic problem is and discuss why it is important for learning about who Jesus really was and what he said. Whatever your outcome (documentary, essay, PowerPoint) it should discuss similarities between the three synoptic Gospels and John’s Gospel and comment on why these are important as historical sources. ***
  3. The Disciples – who were the twelve disciples? Create a poster or short biography about who each of them were. You could aim to include symbols, actions and importance to the story of Jesus – some are more important than others! *
  4. The Enemies of Jesus – Find out about the groups who opposed Jesus: the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Zealots and the Romans. For each one present information about who they were and how the opposed Jesus. This could be a booklet, poster or any other format. *
  5. The Kingdom of God. What do Christians mean by ‘The Kingdom of God’? Find some of the parables Jesus told to explain the idea (The Parable of the Sower – Mark 4:26-29 or the Parable of the Mustard Seed – Mark 4:30-34) and re-present them. Explain what they mean.  ***
  6. Forgiveness – One of the key teachings in Christianity is the idea of forgiveness. Collect stories and ideas from the life of Jesus, or other Christian sources, to show why Christianity is so focussed on forgiveness and some examples taken either from the Bible or from real life. Note that real life examples should be significant, not small personal issues. **
  7. Christianity and Prayer – Jesus talked a great deal about prayer: such as in the Sermon on the Mount or the parable of the man seeking bread in Luke 11:5-9. Find out what Jesus says about prayer and re-present it then discuss the nature of prayer in Christianity. Why do Christians pray? How do they pray? What effect do they think it has? Note this is not as straightforward as you might think! ***
  8. The Stations of the Cross. What are the Stations of the Cross? Find images of them and explain what is happening in each image. You could present this as a booklet, a poster or a PowerPoint. *
  9. Christianity and the Early Church – The Acts of the Apostles – retell the story of what happened to the Christians immediately after Jesus died. Who was Peter and what changes did he make to the rules for being a Christian? Who was Paul and what changes did he make to the rules for being Christian? You should include some comments on how this was different to the Christianity preached by Jesus. **
  10. The Great Schism – in 1254 the Christian Church split into two. Find out about the reasons why this happened! You will need to look at their beliefs about the power of the Pope and the nature of who Jesus really was. ***
  11. The Protestant Reformation – you’ve done this in History! What was the protestant reformation? What were the protestants trying to oppose? What were their main complaints about the power of the Roman Catholic Church?**
  12. Open task – take any event from the life of Jesus and comment on what effect it has on the life of people today. This can presented as a story, image or poster but you may need to check with your teacher before you complete this one!
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