Category:Working Within the Christian Tradition
From Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers
As Christianity has spread around the world, it has, in some places and at some times, incorporated elements from the indigenous religious traditions it has replaced, most notably the holiday traditions of European Paganism. Additionally, some Christian congregations have adapted or adopted African-influenced forms of praise-singing and worship.
Christianity has influenced many magical traditions and traditions of divination, including the African American folk-magic tradition known as hoodoo or conjure.
The major sub-categories of Christianity are:
Some forms of Spiritualism are also considered to be Christian in their orientation.
A Gallup Poll taken in November 2003 among people living in the United States of America who professed adherence to any religion at all found that a total of 83 percent identified as Christians, and among the Christian respondents, 53 percent said they were Protestant, 23 percent identified themselves as Catholic, and 7 percent represented themselves as 'other Christian,' a group that included Orthodox, Spiritualist-Christian, and other minor denominations.
Membership in the Christian Religion
Many Christian denominations hold public worship services at which the clergy interact both with deity and with the laity. Membership in Christian houses of worship may require initiatic rites of passage such as baptism, confirmation and/or a declaration of faith in a specific creed.