19 Types of Christians (2022)

19 TYPES OF CHRISTIANS

Most people take religion on in different capacities. While some are deeply devout on a daily basis, others may only pray in times of great desperation. Some seek to eliminate humanity's wrongs while others seek to prove humanity wrong. Take a look at nineteen typical types of Christians to see if you fit or break the mold - or know someone who does.

Jesus is My BFF

Teenagers who think Christianity is trendy

Can be spotted wearing "WWJD" bracelets, "Jesus Is My Homeboy" t-shirts, etc.

May profess their faith, but nor practice it or know much about it.

FAVORITES: Justin Bieber, Twilight, Christian rock/rap

True Heroes

Focused on the benefits of religion, food will and humanitarianism rather than debate, disapproval and antagonism

Seek equality, happiness and prosperity for all

This belief may sometimes take precedence over strict, literal biblical adherence

Often martyrs - willing to die for what they believe in

INSPIRATIONS: Martin Luther King, Jr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Right-Wing Zealots

Some overlap with Haters and Reactives

May participate in The Tea Party

Actively opposed to liberalism, atheism, and all that comes with it

NOTABLES: Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck

Punk Rockers for Christ

Aim to dispel the myth that Christians must be plain, simple, quiet

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Express themselves through appearance and music

May attend skate church - a free form, youth-focused, progressive church

Often have tattoos

NOTABLES: Steve Baldwin, MxPx, Good Charlotte, Tooth and Nail Records

Intellectuals

May read RELEVANT (a fittingly intellectual Christian publication)

Take their studies seriously, often are well-traveled - may have engaged in studies abroad, especially in Europe

Open to theological/world view debate, can be more open-minded, tolerant of other religions

Holier Than Thous

Believe they are spiritually superior to their peers May then believe their views are more important/correct

Judge others based on their own moral compass

Quick to point fingers, but run the risk of hypocrisy

Publicly declare moral accomplishments that are rare (e.g. virginity through marriage)

Draw attention to their faith through public displays of faith (see "Tebowing")

His praying on the firled inspired the term "Tebowing" - to pray on one knee when no one else is

NOTABLES: NFL player Tim Tebow

Serving the Poor

Work to correct humanity's wrongdoings

Often sacrifice own comforts for the benefit of others

Believe in public service/going God's will

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May work in shelters, soup kitchens, missionary services, Peace Corps, or similar organizations

INSPIRATIONS: Jesus, Mother Theresa, Shane Claiborne

Nostalgics

Reminisce about the "good old days" (the '50s)

May still wear antiquated hairstyles/clothing from said era

Don't understand the modern, crass incarnations of Christians

FAVORITES: Leave it to Beaver, piping hot dinner at 6:00 sharp, pies cooling on the windowsill

Artsy Hipsters

Poets, painters, musicians, writers, designers

Channel God/spirituality through their creative endeavors

Taster in art often changes over time

Choice of books may be dictated by cover art/typography Overt religious implications are usually avoided in favor of unique and subversive expressions of faith

May dress in layers, with lots of draping, scarves, long tops, leggings...and the more vintage the better

Salt of the Earth

May indeed disassociate from all cultures of excess; may be Amish, Mennonite

Primary interest is personal fulfillment/holiness

No focus on admonishing others

Try to lead simple lives

Have less need for material wealth

Ignoramuses

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Blind, unquestioning faith, which may be professed more than practiced

Favor faith over logic in all cases

Keep a crucifix on the wall - it may be the only decoration in the house

Probably have not read the bible

Hucksters

Those who try to market Christianity as a good/service

Healers, psychics, etc.

NOTABLES: Benny Hinn, Sylvia Brown, Steve Martin as Jonas Nightingale in Leap of Faith

Moralizers

Nearly the opposite of Salt of the Earth Insist that others must hear and share their views

Just as Holier Than Thous believe they are spiritually superior, Moralizers believe they're socially/morally superior

May associate with Holier Than Thous, Reactives and Right-Wing Zealots

Haters

Twitter trending hashtag #GodIsNotGreat was started in memoriam to Christopher Hitchens, an author who frequently criticized religious beliefs and died at the end of 2011 ("God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" was a best-selling books of his; hence the hashtag)

The Hater response included tweets suck as: "I will shoot you in the face" and "Whoever started #GodIsNotGreat needs the sh** beat out of them! >:HOW CARE YOU!"

Westboro Baptist Church: godhatesfags.com

Reactives

Focused on eliminating what they perceive to be false teachings/schools of thought

May support removal of evolution from public school curriculum (as fact, as least)

May in turn support Texas' mission to replace evolutionary theory with creationism in textbooks

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May be confused with "Haters"

Arguments in favor of their own opinions may take a backseat to the quest to prove conflicting viewpoints wrong

Bandwagoners

Christian because, hey, everyone else around them is

Attend church only on significant holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas)

Memorize a few biblical verses to recite them at strategic times

May wear crosses for fashion rather than faith

Considerable room for overlap with the other types

Doubting Thomases

From the disciple Thomas (Didymus), who did not believe Jesus had risen from the dead...he insisted he must see Jesus and his wounds before he would believe

Modern version: the former Christian who has become agnostic, but remains open-minded toward Christianity

Question their faith

Want to believe, but sometimes find themselves unable

May find that science or other Doubting Thomases are holding them back from full faith

Superstitious

Old Catholic ladies never seen without rosaries and saints around their neck

May strongly adhere to myths related to mother's backs and black cats

May do well to remember the First Commandment, and that carrying superstitions indicated a lack of trust in God

Sentimentalists

Avid fans of precious/delicate art with Christian undertones

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Love scenery, happy families, children, etc.

Mantles, living room and hallways may be decorated extensively with such art

FAVORITES: Thomas Kinkade, Precious Moments 19 TYPES OF CHRISTIANS Most people take religion on in different capacities. While some are deeply devout on a daily basis, others may only pray in times of great desperation. Some seek to eliminate humanity's wrongs while others seek to prove humanity wrong. Take a look at nineteen typical types of Christians to see if you fit or break the mold-or know someone who does. Jesus is My BFF Teenagers who think Christianity is trendy Can be spotted wearing "WWJD" bracelets, "Jesus Is My Homeboy" t-shirts, etc. FAVORITES: Justin Bieber, Twilight, Christian rock/rap May profess their faith, but not practice it or know much about it True Heroes Focused on benefits of religion, good will and humanitarianism rather than debate, disapproval and antagonism INSPIRATIONS: Martin Luther King, Jr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer Seek equality, happiness and prosperity for all This belief may sometimes take precedence over strict, literal biblical adherence Often martyrs-willing to die for what they believe in Right- Wling Zealots Some overlap with Haters and Reactives May participate in The Tea Party NOTABLES: Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck Actively opposed to liberalism, atheism, and all that comes with it Punk Rockers for Christ Aim to dispel the myth that Christians must be plain, simple, quiet NOTABLES: Express themselves through Steven Baldwin, appearance and music MxPx, Good Charlotte, Tooth and Nail Records May attend skate church-a freeform, youth-focused, progressive church Often have tattoos Intellectuals May read RELEVANT (a fittingly intellectual Christian publication) Take their studies seriously, often are well-traveled-may have engaged in studies abroad, especially in Europe FAVORITES: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Alvin Plantinga Open to theological/world view debate, can be more open-minded, tolerant of other religions Holier Than Thous Believe they are spiritually superior to their peers May then believe their views are more important/correct NOTABLES: NFL player Tim Tebow Judge others based on their own moral compass Quick to point fingers, but run the risk of hypocrisy Publicly declare moral accomplishments that are rare (e.g. virginity through marriage) His praying on the field inspired the verb "Tebowing"- to pray on one knee when no one else is Draw attention to their faith through public displays of faith (see "Tebowing") Serving the Poor Work to correct humanity's wrongdoings Often sacrifice own comforts for the benefit of others INSPIRATIONS: Jesus, Mother Theresa, Believe in public service/doing God's will Shane Claiborne May work in shelters, soup kitchens, missionary services, Peace Corps, or similar organizations Nostalgics Reminisce about the "good old days" (the '50s) FAVORITES: Leave it to Beaver, piping hot dinner at 6:00 sharp, pies cooling on the windowsill May still wear antiquated hairstyles/clothing from said era Don't understand the modern, crass incarnations of Christians Antay Hipsters Poets, painters, musicians, writers, designers Channel God/spirituality through creative endeavors Taste in art often changes over time Choice of books may be dictated by cover art/typography Overt religious implications are usually avoided in favor of unique and subversive expressions of faith May dress in layers, with lots of draping, scarves, long tops, leggings... and the more vintage, the better Salt of the Earth May indeed disassociate from all cultures of excess; may be Amish, Mennonite Primary interest is personal fulfillment/holiness No focus on admonishing others Try to lead simple lives Have less need for material wealth Ignoramuses Blind, unquestioning faith, which may be professed more than practiced Favor faith over logic in all cases Keep a crucifix on the wall-it may be the only decoration in the house Probably have not read the Bible Hucksters Those who try to market Christianity as a good/service NOTABLES: Benny Hinn, Sylvia Browne, Steve Martin as Healers, psychics, etc. Jonas Nightingale in Leap of Faith Moralizens Nearly opposite of Salt of the Earth Insist that others must hear and share their views Just as Holier Than Thous believe they are spiritually superior, Moralizers believe they're socially/morally superior May associate with Holier Than Thous, Reactives and Right-Wing Zealots Haters Twitter trending hashtag #GodIsNotGreat was started in memoriam to Christopher Hitchens, an author who frequently criticized religious beliefs and died at the end of 2011 (“God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" was a best-selling book of his; hence the hashtag) The Hater response included tweets such as: "I will shoot you in the face" and "Whoever started #GodIsNotGreat needs the sh** beat out of them! >:I HOW DARE YOU!" Westboro Baptist Church: godhatesfags.com Reactives Focused on eliminating what they perceive to be false teachings/schools of thought May support removal of evolution from public school curriculum (as fact, at least) May in turn support Texas' mission to replace evolutionary theory with creationism in textbooks Arguments in favor of their own opinions may take a backseat to the quest to prove conflicting viewpoints wrong May be confused with "Haters" Bandmagoners Christian because, hey, everyone else around them is Attend church only on significant holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) Memorize a few biblical verses to recite them at strategic times May wear crosses for fashion rather than faith Considerable room for overlap with the other types Doubting Thomases From the disciple Thomas (Didymus), who did not believe Jesus had risen from the dead... he insisted he must see Jesus and his wounds before he would believe Modern version: the former Christian who has become agnostic, but remains open- minded toward Christianity Question their faith Want to believe, but sometimes find themselves unable May find that science or other Doubting Thomases are holding them back from full faith Superstitious Old Catholic ladies never seen without rosaries and saints around their necks May strongly adhere to myths related to mother's backs and black cats May do well to remember the First Commandment, and that carrying superstitions indicates a lack of trust in God Sentimentalists Avid fans of precious/delicate art with Christian undertones Love scenery, happy families, children, etc. FAVORITES: Thomas Kinkade, Mantles, living room and hallways may be decorated extensively with such art Precious Moments Sources: http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2010/06/thomas_kinkade.html http://www.thomaskinkade.com/magi/servlet/ com.asucon.ebiz.biography.web.tk.BiographyServlet http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNSEOG/b.4223277/k.63A7/How_Can a Christian_Be Superstitious.htm http://www.dbonhoeffer.org/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/martin-luther-king-jr-was_b_695964.html http://hipsterchristianity.com/anatomy.php http://hipsterchristianity.com/anatomy.php?sceneNum-4 http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/25586-is-christianity-anti- intellectual http://georgepwood.com/2010/04/16/holier-than-thou-and-uppity-christians-1-corinthians-46-7/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-krattenmaker/when-tim-tebow-loses_b_1210578.html http://tebowing.com/ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/arts/christopher-hitchens-is-dead-at-62-obituary.html? pagewanted-all http://www.atheistunderworld.com/2011/12/19/theists-threaten-kill-atheists-again/ http://cdn.thegloss.com/files/2011/09/Westboro-Baptist-Church.jpg http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/doubting-thomas-faq.htm

FAQs

What are the many different types of Christianity? ›

Christianity can be taxonomically divided into six main groups: the Church of the East, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Restorationism. Protestantism includes many groups which do not share any ecclesiastical governance and have widely diverging beliefs and practices.

What are the 5 basic of Christianity? ›

This is a discussion oriented Bible Fellowship. The 5 are: 1) Uniqueness of Jesus (Virgin Birth) --Oct 7; 2) One God (The Trinity) Oct 14; 3) Necessity of the Cross (Salvation) and 4) Resurrection and Second Coming are combinded on Oct 21; 5) Inspiration of Scripture Oct 28.

What are the seven different types of Christianity? ›

Christianity is divided between Eastern and Western theology. In these two divisions there are six branches: Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Assyrians. Restorationism is sometimes considered the seventh branch.

What are the 3 major Christianity? ›

Christianity is the major religion in Europe, North and South America and Australasia. Today there are three main historic and theologically distinctive streams of Christianity – Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox.

What are the 2 main beliefs of Christianity? ›

The central teachings of traditional Christianity are that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that his life on earth, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven are proof of God's love for humanity and God's forgiveness of human sins; ...

Who Wrote the Bible? ›

Even after nearly 2,000 years of its existence, and centuries of investigation by biblical scholars, we still don't know with certainty who wrote its various texts, when they were written or under what circumstances.

What religion is the closest to the truth? ›

Hinduism. According to the principle scripture of Hinduism, the Bhagavad-gītā, truth is Krishna himself. This is confirmed by Vyasa as stated in the verse, You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the ultimate abode, the purest, the Absolute Truth.

What was the first branch of Christianity? ›

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christianity first emerged as a sect of Judaism as practiced in the Roman province of Judea. The first Christians were all Jews, who constituted a Second Temple Jewish sect with an apocalyptic eschatology.

Who created Christianity? ›

Who started Christianity? The movement was started by Jesus of Nazareth in 1st-century Israel. His followers proclaimed him the predicted messiah of the prophets and became known as Christians (Christianoi, "followers of the Christ).

What was the first religion? ›

Hinduism is the world's oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years. Today, with about 900 million followers, Hinduism is the third-largest religion behind Christianity and Islam. Roughly 95 percent of the world's Hindus live in India.

What is the biggest branch of Christianity? ›

Catholicism is the largest branch of Christianity with 1.329 billion and the Catholic Church is the largest among churches. Figures below are in accordance with the Annuario Pontificio, at 2018. The total figure does not include independent Catholic denominations (18 million).

What are the top 10 most popular religions? ›

Major religious groups
  • Christianity (31.2%)
  • Islam (24.1%)
  • Irreligion (16%)
  • Hinduism (15.1%)
  • Buddhism (6.9%)
  • Folk religions (5.7%)
  • Sikhism (0.3%)
  • Judaism (0.2%)

Which religion has many gods? ›

Polytheism means believing in many gods. A person that believes in polytheism is called a polytheist. A religion with polytheism can be called a polytheistic religion.

What are the 3 qualities of God? ›

In Western (Christian) thought, God is traditionally described as a being that possesses at least three necessary properties: omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (all-powerful), and omnibenevolence (supremely good). In other words, God knows everything, has the power to do anything, and is perfectly good.

Who are true believers? ›

1 : a person who professes absolute belief in something. 2 : a zealous supporter of a particular cause.

What day is Jesus's birthday? ›

From Rome, the Christ's Nativity celebration spread to other Christian churches to the west and east, and soon most Christians were celebrating Christ's birth on December 25.

What was Jesus last name? ›

What was Jesus's Real Name? - YouTube

What is the oldest Bible? ›

Codex Sinaiticus Petropolitanus, Oxford.

Which is the original Bible? ›

Codex Vaticanus (“Book from the Vatican”) is one of the earliest complete manuscripts of the Bible. It includes the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Septuagint or LXX) as well as the Greek Christian Scriptures, the New Testament.

What are the 5 teachings of Jesus? ›

The five of the teachings of Jesus are the following: Be Merciful (Luke 6:36, Matthew 5:7, Forgiveness (Luke6: 37), Seek Goodness (Luke 6:45), Respect Others (Luke 14:11), and Be Kind (Luke 6:31). Be Merciful (Luke 6:31).

Who created Christianity? ›

Who started Christianity? The movement was started by Jesus of Nazareth in 1st-century Israel. His followers proclaimed him the predicted messiah of the prophets and became known as Christians (Christianoi, "followers of the Christ).

What was the first religion? ›

Hinduism is the world's oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years. Today, with about 900 million followers, Hinduism is the third-largest religion behind Christianity and Islam. Roughly 95 percent of the world's Hindus live in India.

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