The Atonement – what is it? The Atonement is one of the biggest concepts in Christianity. It provides the answer to the question, why did Jesus die? A helpful way of thinking of the atonement is found in the word itself. Christians believe that humankind […]
Exploring ideas of sacrifice in the Old Testament
One of the biggest questions about Jesus’ death is – why? If God can do anything, surely He could forgive people just by saying the word. Was it really necessary that Jesus died? If you’re asking this question, you’re not alone. Theologians have been exploring […]
What makes this festival so special?
What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘Easter’? Bunnies? Hot cross buns? Gooey creme eggs? Easter is one of the most special times in the year for Christians – and very little of it has to do with chocolate! ‘Easter’ is a season […]
The High Priest's view of Jesus
In this modern retelling of a biblical story – the ‘high priest’ reflects back on the trial of Jesus. Who was Jesus? Was there reason to have him crucified? Were they right to have him killed? Was Jesus’ death the end or was there still […]
Why is Jesus' death so significant?
How can an event that happened 2000 years ago many miles way make a difference to anybody’s life today? RE:quest spoke to theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah about what makes Jesus’ death on the cross such an important part of Christian belief. To find out more […]
What does Lent look like in the 21st century?
Lent: 40 days of fasting, saying sorry and preparing to celebrate one of the biggest Christian festivals of the year – Easter. At least, this is how Christians have spent Lent over hundreds of years. But these days, many people are living Lent a little bit differently. Stewardship is […]
What is so important about the resurrection?
The resurrection is central to Christianity – St. Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, even wrote: And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false […]
What do Christians believe about eternal life?
What happens to us after death has been the theme of many a book and film – it is a subject that has fascinated people from the beginning of time. Some people hope that heaven is a real place, where they’ll be reunited with loved […]
Why are there different denominations?
Over the years, the Christian church has divided into different groups called denominations. Although they share the same basic beliefs, or creed, the way they do things can be very different. This family tree shows how each new denomination branched out from an older one. […]
What is the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox view of Divorce?
A Protestant view of divorce Protestants believe that Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce in the New Testament shows the ideal way to which all Christians should aspire. They accept, however, that sometimes humans fall short of this ideal, because we live in a fallen world, […]
How do Catholics remember Jesus' death?
What is the Lord’s Passion? What is remembered on Good Friday? Why do Catholics hold the service at 3pm? Watch this film to see how Catholics remember the events of Good Friday.
How do Catholics celebrate the resurrection of Jesus?
What is celebrated at Easter? Why is Easter seen as so important? What happens during an Easter vigil? Watch this film to see how and why Catholics celebrate Easter.
Take a virtual tour of Westminster Cathedral by clicking on the circles on the map. The Cathedral situated in Francis Street, London is the Mother Church of the Catholic community in England and Wales and the Metropolitan Church and Cathedral of the Archbishop of Westminster. It […]
How do churches mark Maundy Thursday?
Even if a church does not hold a specific Maundy Thursday service, the Last Supper is remembered regularly in the majority of Christian churches through the communion service or shared meal. these can be held as often as once a week by some. A Maundy […]
Why was Martin Luther so important for the Christian church?
In 1505, when he was 22 years old, Martin Luther became a monk. He entered the cloister of the strict Augustinian order in the German town of Erfurt. Unbeknown to anyone, Martin’s actions were to start a split in the medieval church which would eventually […]
Why do some Bibles have more books than others?
At the beginning of the 5th century AD (400s), an early Christian scholar, Jerome, was given the job of translating all the books of the Bible into one common language, Latin. Amongst these books was a collection that Jerome did not believe had the same […]
What was the life of this amazing man like?
Many people all over the world and throughout history have chosen to join a movement started by St Francis of Assisi, born in Italy in the 12th Century. Discover more of his story here. What makes him such an inspirational figure?
What does being the Pope mean?
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, Sovereign of the Vatican City (a city within a city) and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. The title Pope comes from a Latin word that means father or dad. Catholics believe that the first Pope was St. Peter, […]
What are the special days in the Catholic Church?
Catholics believe that there are some days during the year that are so special that every Catholic should go to Mass to celebrate. Every Sunday counts as one of those special days, and there are seven others. Sometimes these days are called ‘Holy Days’ – days […]
What are the seven sacraments?
Catholics have seven sacraments or ceremonies that they believe God can bless people through. Baptism Penance / Confession Eucharist / Communion Confirmation Matrimony (marriage) Holy Orders (ordination) Sacrament of the Sick Most Catholics are baptised when they are babies. During the ceremony adults will make […]
How do Catholics worship God?
At the centre of Roman Catholic worship is the Mass. Some Catholics go to Mass on Saturday or Sunday evening; all Catholics are supposed to go to at least one of these services. On entering a Catholic Church next to the door there is a […]
What do Christians remember on Maundy Thursday?
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week, the Thursday before Easter Day. On this day Christians remember the event known as The Last Supper. It was also the night when Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was later betrayed by […]
What happens when someone is 'confirmed'?
When a baby is baptised, parents and godparents make promises for them. Once they are old enough, they can decide for themselves if they wish to live as a Christian, and make their own promises in the confirmation service. Confirmation happens in Anglican and Catholic […]
What happens when children are baptised?
A baby cannot decide to follow Jesus for themselves, but infant baptism – or Christening – shows that the child is included as a member of the church family. When a child is baptised the family and church members look forward to the day when […]
What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?
Jesus died by being crucified. ‘Crucifixion’ means nailed to a cross. The cross was then lifted up outside the city walls (in Jesus’ case, Jerusalem) so everybody could see it. The people on the cross were then left to die in the hot sun. It […]
What happened to Jesus' disciples after he was arrested?
On the night before Jesus died – the night of his arrest – Jesus’ disciples ran away, scared for their lives. Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends, but even he let Jesus down. During the Last Supper, which happened only hours before his arrest, […]
What are the big events that happen during the year?
Our calendar year is divided into four seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has its special characteristics, colours and associations. For example Autumn is often associated with harvest, and the orange and yellow leaves that blow around in the blustery wind. It […]