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How did the spread of Christianity affect The Roman Empire?
Transcript of How did the spread of Christianity affect The Roman Empire?
based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ from Nazareth
Is a monotheistic religion that gave hope to Rome in the time of the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire
To the Romans, religion was less of a spiritual
experience and more of a contractual relationship
between man kinds and the forces believed to
Christianity started in secret in the Roman
Empire. Christians facing scorn at best and
persecution at worst, depending on Emperor
and the era.
As Rome began to fall, (especially in 64 AD) the Emperor blamed the Christians and the Roman people turned on them.
In AD 313, the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal and for the first time, they were allowed to openly worship. Churches were quickly built not just in Rome but throughout the empire.
Christianity was made illegal at first because the people were not worshiping the Emperor.
Constantine became the first Christian emperor in 312 AD after seeing a vision of a cross with the words, "Follow me," during a big battle.
In 380 AD, Theodosius made all religions illegal except Christianity
Christians were killed very publicly and tortured before death
The Emperor thought he could eradicate Christianity if he eradicated their leader; Jesus Christ was arrested, brutally beaten and then hung on a cross.
the emperor still has control of the church
With the adoption of Christianity, years of Roman tradition were thrown away.
Under Constantine's rule, Pagan temples were abolished and the wealth was appropriated.
Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – January 16, 1794) argues that the switch to Christianity weakened the Empire greatly.
In these ways, Christianity can be said to have made Rome less brutal in addition to simply changing Roman society by doing away with the connection between the government and the old pagan religion
Gladiatorial games were also abolished as Christianity kept its strong hold on Rome.