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a monk or a nun who is a member of a Christian religious group started by St Benedict
the position in the Christian Church of a priest of a parish to which payment and property is connected
a type of Protestant Christianity based on the ideas of John Calvin. Someone who believes these ideas is a Calvinist. Calvinists are often considered to have very strict moral opinions.
the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Its followers worship in a church.
formal someone who receives communion in a Christian church ceremony
a member of an evangelical church
a man who is a member of a particular group in the Christian religion. In the past, friars travelled around teaching people about God.
informal Christians, especially ones who often talk about their religious beliefs. This word is used especially by people who are not religious and dislike people talking about religion.
a member of a Christian religious group started in the US in 1872. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe it is their duty to go to people’s homes and prepare them for the time when our world will end and Jesus Christ will come to Earth for a second time.
someone who is a member of a Christian church but not officially employed by it as a priest, minister etc
a woman who is a member of a Christian church but not officially employed by it as a priest, minister etc
churches in the Church of England whose members think that personal religious beliefs are more important than ceremonies and priests. Churches in which there are a lot of complicated ceremonies are called High Church.
informal a member of the Unification Church. Some members of the church may consider this word offensive.
a member of a type of Protestant Christian church that is not the main type of church in a country
someone who lives in a particular parish and regularly goes to church
behaviour that follows puritan principles
a member of a Christian religious group called the Society of Friends, whose members avoid violence and hold simple religious services with no priests
a member of the part of the Christian Church that has the pope as its leader
a Christian who does not believe in the Trinity
a church that is officially supported by a country’s leaders, especially the Church of England
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