Even though Christians were persecuted on and off during the Roman Empire, Christianity flourished. In the early Roman Empire, when Claudius, Nero, Domitian, and Trajan were emperors, Christianity was banned and Christians were persecuted. Nevertheless, Christians found ways to spread Christianity, and many people converted. As trials occurred and the Empire lost good leaders, the people took security in Christianity and other religions. Christianity grew during the Roman Empire because Constantine helped create the Edict of Milan, Constantine had imperial favor toward The Church, and there was trade routes to spread Christianity to different areas.
Trade and exchange: the act of buying and selling goods, services, and ideas. Trade has been important to people so that they can obtain materials that they don’t originally have, and inherit new ideas and beliefs. Trade was such a huge part of the Olmec culture because the Olmec society was in swampy area Mexico, so trading was necessary to them because they only had limited materials available, and needed to trade for goods needed in order to survive. In the Roman Empire, there was a time known as the Pax Romana, which means Roman Peace, in which trade helped keep the peace. Christianity was founded from Judaism in Jerusalem. Christians believe that Jesus was the messiah and he was there to spread the knowledge of the religion. Complex societies, empires, and religions all were established, thrived, and continued to grow because of trade and exchange.
Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, ruled the Franks from 768–814 A.D. He was a kindhearted man, who also a merciless warrior. Charlemagne was resolved to expand his kingdom to a grandiose empire, which he completed especially well. He also converted the nation to Christianity and the nation’s customary language to Latin. People thought he ruled with the sword and with the cross. After thirty years of wars, most of Western and central Europe belonged to him, a nation consisting of the Saxons, Bavarians, Slavs, Avars, Lombards and more. His empire became as big as Rome. After he died his kingdom was divided into three parts, one went to his grandson, Charles the 2nd, who received West Francia, another went to his other grandson,
What is fundamentalism? Essentially, it is an adherence to the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to life and teaching. In his book, Fundamentalism and American Culture, George M. Marsden attacks the daunting question of “How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views?” Not only does this History textbook answer that pressing question, but it also tells the incredible, encouraging tale of how Christian principles CAN survive in a godless world.
The views on Christianity throughout Rome changed immensely from the early years of the empire through the fourth century. For a while, Christians were looked at as a threat to many because of their belief in monotheism. Nero and his followers persecuted and punished the lower class and women who followed Christianity as well as use them as political scapegoats. As time went on, the tolerance for Christianity in Rome grew and Christianity gained acceptance. By the fourth century, Christianity was the official religion in Rome. Christianity in Rome, illegal during the early years of the empire, gained appeal to the women and lower class of Rome eventually gaining favor due to Flavius Theodosius and Constantine’s beliefs and sympathy (Lunn-Rockliffe).
Michael H. Hart is the author of the book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. Michael Hart is an American astrophysicist and author, most notably of the 100 . He selects Muhammad as his choice for the most important person in history. He chooses Muhammad based upon several factors such as the founder Islam, expansion of Islamic religion, a successful secular as well as a religious leader. Although Michael Hart makes a strong case about Muhammad, evidence suggests the legacy of Jesus Christ has had a far greater impact on the course of world history.
During the early Pax Romana, Christianity, emerged and it spread rapidly in the Roman Empire. The founder of Christianity was Jesus who used parables with moral lessons to communicate his ideas. Jesus emphasized mercy, sympathy for the poor and helpless, morality, forgiveness, and service to others. Christianity eventually became the official religion of Rome because of its unifying force and the fact that it appealed to all classes in society. The humble, poor and oppressed found comfort in his message of love, equality, human dignity, and promise for a better life. It can be seen that Christianity had the most significant changes in Roman society compared to the other religions. Christianity improved the social, cultural and political way
To really understand the role the Catholic Church play on shaping Western civilization, one must look back to previous forms of religion and understand how faith in Gods or a single God intertwined with the daily life of most human beings. Early forms of religion were built around the belief of multiple Gods (polytheism). Early civilizations in the Bronze Age (3300-1300 BCE) such as the Sumerians, Mesopotamians, Phoenicians, and Egyptians concerned their daily life pleasing the gods or
The way that Christianity first impacted was that it faced many hostile remarks by the other religions. Christianity had to face cults, educated classes, and mysterious religions. The way that it grew started with the story of Jesus. The Christians told the story of Jesus of how he was the
Christianity has been the superior religion ever since the times of the Roman Empire. Christianity appealed to all different type of people throughout the Roman Empire, and was spread by many followers and even rulers of the Roman Empire. The main person who helped spread Christianity was Jesus, he appealed to so many people because he treated everyone with equality which meant that the rich and poor was at the same levels in his eyes.
How did Christianity originate? A Jew named Jesus of Nazareth, lived in Palestine and conveyed a simple message to other Jews that would eventually spread and evolve into Christianity. His goal was not to change or destroy the Jews’ traditional religion, but to tell them that it was more important for
Christianity and Islam are the two largest religions in the world, with 2.1 Billion and 1.3 Billion followers respectively. Each had their own rise, golden age, and eventual large-scale split. However, each religion spread in different regions of the world in different ways and developed their own traditions and structures. Christianity and Islam have similarities such as a large-scale split and a history of spreading through popular trade routes, while simultaneously having many differences such as where the two religions spread, the methods in which they spread, and the structure of their religious leaderships.
Throughout history, there have been many significant events that have affected the world in different ways, one being the invention of Christianity. The role of Christianity has been complexly tangled with the history and formation of the western civilization. Christianity has affected the world in many ways, but most noticeably through politics by diminishing the power of Roman authority, society by affecting the way Roman citizens live, and religion by stopping the progression of Islam.
Great Post!! I found your discussion straight to the point. One thing that I would like to mention is the fact that Christianity was not taken seriously until, the year 597BC when a pope delivered an assignment to convert the Anglo-Saxon. Prior to this Christianity was considered to be a private organization, with many attempts to completely demolish it within Rome.
The great John Piper once said,” God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him”(Piper Philippians 1:12-26). The Christianity religion survived over many centuries because of many reasons. Many Christians relied on the teachings of the Bible to pave the way for the religion’s survival. Another reason why the Christian religion survived was because of the many Christian churches being built all over the world. The last reason why the Christian religion survived was because of Christianity was spreading and becoming one of the most popular religions in the world. Those are some reasons why Christianity survived all these centuries to this day.