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Christianity (十字教(じゅうじきょう) Juuji Kyou?, lit. "Religion of the Cross") is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of the Son of God.

Christianity is the most represented and largest religion in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe, and represents the greater part of the magic side. Most notably, Index is a Christian of the Anglican Church denomination.

EtymologyEdit

The Greek word Χριστιανός (Christianos)—meaning "follower of Christ"—comes from Χριστός (Christos)—meaning "anointed one" —with an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or even belonging to, as in slave ownership.

However, the regular characters used for Christianity (キリスト教?), which when spoken, directly refers to "Christian Religion" is not used by the author in the series, instead using the cross (十字 Jūji?) character and the doctrine ( Kyō?) character, which can be translated as Cross Church or Religion of the Cross.

PrinciplesEdit

Christian cross.svg

The Christian cross, a symbol of Jesus Christ's Passion.

Being a monotheistic religion, the various sects and denominations of Christianity worship a single God, considered to be the one true God, the creator and the Supreme Being of the universe. Attributes ascribed to God include immortality, transcendence, omniscience (i.e., knows everything that has ever transpired or will transpire, past, present, and future), omnipotence (i.e., capable of doing anything He desires to), and omnibenevolence (i.e., He loves everyone and everything). The doctrine of the Trinity defines God as being one deity in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all the same God.

More specifically, Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, a preacher whose followers identified as the Messiah promised in the Jewish Old Testament, and no less than the Son of God as well as being an aspect of God Himself. He was executed by the Roman and Judean authorities for supposedly presenting Himself as such, but returned from the dead 3 days later according to the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

HistoryEdit

For some Christian history in relation to the events in-universe see the Story Timeline.

Regardless of the fact that the Christianity originated as a single religion, according to Index, since politics have entered the religion, divisions began to appear in the religion, eventually culminating in several different factions with their own beliefs and paths, even though they worship the same God.

Because of this rift, the churches lost their connection with each other and evolved in their own ways, and attained their own personalities, based on the country's attributes and various other conditions.[1]

Christianity is the current age that dominates the world of Toaru Majutsu no Index, however, it has been predicted that once Aleister Crowley's Book of the Law is used, the age of the Religion of the Cross will end.[2]

DenominationsEdit

Amongst the multitude of Christian denominations and factions, there are three major religious denomination in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe, and their apparent purpose:

Minor denominations and sectsEdit

Other than the three, there are several denominations mentioned during the course of the story.

Uses of Christianity in the storyEdit

Figures & Individual BeingsEdit

Name Description Usage in the world of Toaru Majutsu no Index
Abaddon An angel or demon said to command an army of locusts. Marian Slingeneyer uses Dáinsleif to summon Abaddon by cutting away the Heaven Phase.[5]
Adam and Eve The first man and woman, created by God. Itsuwa makes use of the legend of Adam and Eve as the base for a life-force concentration spell.[6]
Salome Name in Christian tradition of the stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, who would be the one to cause John the Baptist's death by asking for his head after dancing for Herod. The non-blood-related younger sister of Kamisato Kakeru and member of the Kamisato Faction bears the name Salome.
The Twelve Apostles The twelve disciples of Jesus, the Son of God. Pope Matthai Reese uses a spell that uses the symbol of the twelve apostles, as well as that of the traitorous apostle Judas Iscariot, in an unsuccessful attempt to restraint Fiamma of the Right and condemn him to the same darkness that Judas felt after his betrayal, reducing him to a hollow existence.[7]
Virgin Mary The mother of Jesus, the Son of God. God's Right Seat use the basis that Virgin Mary's original sin disappeared from being deeply touched by the Holy Spirit for their method of diluting their original sin.[8]

Weapons & ArtifactsEdit

Name Description Usage in the world of Toaru Majutsu no Index
The Shroud of Turin A linen cloth bearing the image of the face of a man who appears to be wounded, believed by some to be Jesus, the Son of God. Index's Walking Church is specifically designed to replicate the shroud, granting it Pope-class defensive capabilities.[9]
Spear of Longinus The spear used to pierce the side of the Son of God during the crucifixion

OtherEdit

Name Description Usage in the world of Toaru Majutsu no Index
Calming of Storms There are a number of Christian stories involving storms at sea being calmed to protect ships. There are stories of this type involving the Son of God and Saint Nicholas.
  • Vento of the Front makes uses of these stories to partially interfere with water and water-based spells, using the nature of sea storms as a mix of water and wind, the element she rules over.[12]
  • Tsushima makes use of traditions relating to water and ships, these stories among them, to momentarily heighten waves crashing into her ship to slow it, using them as makeshift brakes.[13]
Cross The symbol of the cross on which the Son of God was crucified, and a chief symbol of Christianity. The symbol of the Cross is used in many different types of Magic associated with Christianity.
Fish An aquatic creature which has symbolic meaning in Christianity, notably in the form of the ichthys. Fish of the Supper is a spell used by the Roman Catholic Church.[14]
House of Loreto A moving house said to have once been home to the Virgin Mary A spell based on the House of Loreto was used in the Eurotunnel bombing.[15]
Manger A manger is said to have been used as a bed for the newborn Son of God, born in a stable in the town of Bethlehem The manger and swaddling clothes of the Son of God form the basis for the Divine Mother-style Ex Voto shelters used by the Agnese Forces.[16]
Mass The Christian religious service, accompanied by the Eucharist, in which wine served to the faithful represent the Blood of Christ and bread represent the Flesh of Christ.
Nails Nails, soaked in blood, said to have been used to nail the Son of God to the cross, with many similar nails mass-produced across the world and presented as the genuine article.
Original Sin A concept involving the first sin, committed by Adam and Eve in eating the forbidden fruit of knowledge, said to be passed down to the rest of humanity. The concept of "original sin" plays a key role in the techniques of God's Right Seat, who use methods to dilute theirs in order to use spells beyond a normal person at the cost of being unable to use normal magic.[8]
The Seven Deadly Sins A classification of vices, usually said to be comprised of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. A spell based on the Seven Deadly Sins is used by Krans R. Tsarskiy.[21]
Star of Bethlehem A star which signaled the birth of the Son of God and led the Magi to Bethlehem Fiamma of the Right's flying fortress is named after and based on the star, and likewise meant to signal a new beginning.[11]
Stigmata Stab wounds of unknown origins, appearing in the same places (hands, feet, side) as the ones the Son of God received on the cross.
  • The bodily characteristics that grant a Saint their power are inaccurately referred to as Stigmata.[22]
  • Flack Anchors makes use of hints relating to the Stigmata to camouflage the principles of his Magic from enemies.[20]
Trinity A central doctrine defining God in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The elemental attacks of Brunhild Eiktobel's Gungnir use different combinations of fire, ice and frost symbols, forming a trinity, likely due to Brunhild's nature as a Saint creeping in.[23]

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NotesEdit

  1. Index states that the Russian Orthodox Church is a Catholic church, which is technically correct but is also an Orthodox denomination.
  2. Index states that the Anglican Church is a Catholic church. This is technically correct, as it is identical to Catholicism in terms of soteriology and ceremonial practice. However, the Anglican Church is considered a Reformed (Protestant) denomination in a historical context.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 2 Part 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Prologue
  3. Toaru Majutsu no Index Episode 17
  4. Toaru Majutsu no Index II Episode 02
  5. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 10 Chapter 13 Part 4
  6. Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Necessarius Special Admission Test Chapter 1 Part 10
  7. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 16 Epilogue
  8. 8.0 8.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 14 Between the Lines 2
  9. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 1 Part 6
  10. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Between the Lines 2
  11. 11.0 11.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20
  12. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 2 Part 8
  13. Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Necessarius Special Admission Test Chapter 4 Part 5
  14. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 10 Chapter 10
  15. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 17 Chapter 4 Part 2
  16. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 9 Part 3
  17. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 14 Chapter 3 Part 8
  18. Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Necessarius Special Admission Test Chapter 5
  19. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 13 Chapter 7 Part 10
  20. 20.0 20.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Necessarius Special Admission Test Chapter 2 Part 11
  21. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 10 Chapter 11
  22. Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Necessarius Special Admission Test Chapter 2 Part 8
  23. Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Kanzaki Chapter 8

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