The story of the Bible is much older than that, however. Biblical scholars believe this occurred between 1, BC and 1, BC… almost 3, years ago.
Galeriuswho had previously been one of the leading figures in persecution, in issued an edict which ended the persecution. Victory allowed him to claim the emperorship in the West.
How much Christianity Constantine adopted at this point is difficult to discern. Roman coins minted up to eight years later still bore the images of Roman gods.
Constantine supported the Church financially, built various basilicas, granted privileges e. It had overtly Christian architecture, contained churches within the city walls, and had no pagan temples. Constantine also played an active role in A history of reformation in christian church leadership of the Church.
Inhe acted as a judge in a North African dispute concerning the Donatist controversy.
More significantly, in he summoned the Council of Nicaeathe first Ecumenical Council. Constantine thus established a precedent for the emperor as responsible to God for the spiritual health of their subjects, and thus with a duty to maintain orthodoxy. The emperor was to enforce doctrine, root out heresy, and uphold ecclesiastical unity.
Some, such as John Chrysostom and Athanasiussuffered exile, persecution, or martyrdom from Arian Byzantine Emperors. Germanic Christianity A popular doctrine of the 4th century was Arianismthe denial of the divinity of Christ, as propounded by Arius.
Though this doctrine was condemned as heresy and eventually eliminated by the Roman Church it remained popular underground for some time.
In the late 4th century Ulfilasa Roman bishop and an Arian, was appointed as the first bishop to the Gothsthe Germanic peoples in much of Europe at the borders of and within the Empire. Ulfilas spread Arian Christianity among the Goths firmly establishing the faith among many of the Germanic tribes, thus helping to keep them culturally distinct.
They were mostly concerned with Christological disputes. Christianity as Roman state religion [ edit ] An Eastern Roman mosaic showing a basilica with towers, mounted with Christian crosses5th century AD, Louvre On 27 Februarywith the Edict of Thessalonica put forth under Theodosius Ithe Roman Empire officially adopted Trinitarian Christianity as its state religion.
After its establishment, the Church adopted the same organisational boundaries as the Empire: The bishops, who were located in major urban centres as per pre-legalisation tradition, thus oversaw each diocese.
Among the sees, five came to hold special eminence: RomeConstantinopleJerusalemAntiochand Alexandria.
The prestige of most of these sees depended in part on their apostolic founders, from whom the bishops were therefore the spiritual successors.
Though the bishop of Rome was still held to be the First among equalsConstantinople was second in precedence as the new capital of the empire. Theodosius I decreed that others not believing in the preserved "faithful tradition", such as the Trinity, were to be considered to be practitioners of illegal heresy and inthis resulted in the first case of capital punishment of a heretic, namely Priscillian.
A particular consequence of this perspective was that Mary could not be properly called the mother of God, but could only be considered the mother of Christ. The most widely known proponent of this viewpoint was the Patriarch of Constantinople Nestorius.
Since referring to Mary as the mother of God had become popular in many parts of the Church this became a divisive issue. Many churches who followed the Nestorian viewpoint broke away from the Roman Church, causing a major schism.
The Nestorian churches were persecuted and many followers fled to the Sasanian Empire where they were accepted.A number of prominent leaders, scholars, and benefactors of the early church were women and—despite neglect by many modern historians—the diligent researcher can still uncover a rich history.
* Schaff, Philip, History of the Christian Church. This material has been carefully compared, corrected¸ and emended (according to the edition of Charles Scribner's Sons) by The Electronic Bible Society, Dallas, TX, The Reformation was a 16th-century religious and political challenge to papal authority in Catholic Europe.
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