Christianity in Armenia
About 94% of the total population preaches Christianity and belongs to the Armenian Apostolic Church. This church is one of the oldest in the world. Few people know that Armenia is the first Christian state in the world: in 301, faith in the King of Heaven and his son Christ became the state religion of the country. Bartholomew and Thaddeus are considered the first preachers here.
In 404 the Armenian alphabet was created, and in the same year the Bible was translated into Armenian, and in 506 the Armenian Church officially separated from the Byzantine that significantly influenced the further history of the State, its political and social activities.
Catholicism in Armenia
But Christianity is not the only religion whose adherents live in Armenia. There are congregations of the Armenian Catholic Church (there are about 36 parishes in total) which are called “Franks”. The Franks (or Frengs) reside in Northern Armenia. They originally appeared with the Crusaders, but later, in the 16th to 19th centuries, the Franks began to call Armenian Catholics. Armenian-Franks are divided into three groups:
The division of Catholics is not related to the peculiarities of religious views, it is related to the place of residence of adherents of a given faith.
Islam in Armenia
There are followers of Islam living in Armenia, although it should be noted that this religion is mainly practised by Kurds, $ Azerbaijanis and Persians. The famous Blue Mosque is located in the capital — Yerevan. It was built in 1766 and in the early 20th century was one of seven active mosques in the capital. This beautiful building is not only religious. It is also a symbol of interfaith friendship.
There are also Armenian-Evangelists who withdrew from the Apostolic Church because they believed that its teachings and traditions did not correspond to the Bible. Pseudo-Protestant sectarianism, Hemshils and Hanafite Sunnism are also prevalent among Armenians. Some Armenians deny God and are part of the atheist society.
Despite all the diversity of religion, it is worth considering the fact that God in all faiths and teachings is one, though it has different names and names.
Christianity has engulfed most of the inhabitants of the Earth, leaving Armenia aside. It was Christianity that played an important role in the fate of the republic when it lost its independence. In fact, the Christian church had to assume some of the state power, which allowed it to preserve the ethnos and unique culture of the state.