The Development of Christianity Analytical Essay by scribbler

The Development of Christianity
Looks at the development of Christianity during the periods of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages.
# 152414 | 1,110 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2013 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper explains that, in its early centuries, Christianity was somewhat welcomed in the Roman Empire because of the restless nature and curiosity of the Romans; however, later, Christianity grew into a political threat and contributed to the fall of Rome. The paper also explains that the conversion of Emperor Constantine to Christianity ended the persecution of Christians, dramatically changing positively this religion's future. The paper concludes that, during the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church was the largest religion and a powerful institution involved in the creation of laws, the collection of taxes, the management of land and teaching based on Roman culture.

From the Paper:

"Christianity grew into a political threat and contributed to the fall of Rome. The Christians were not submissive as the State required and they did not give financially to the state "for their allegiance lay with God", says Russell. They began instituting their own laws, such as the Didache and were adamant about disobeying "any secular law that contradicted their own". This became a "major issue", says Russell, leading to martyrdom of Christians who "resolutely refused to participate in Roman civic and national ceremonies" (Russell). Their actions contributed to other problems that were shaking the foundations of the Roman Empire. As a result, Christian persecution became an order under several emperors, beginning with Nero. Persecutions continued through the reign of many emperors and not until the captured of Valerian in 260, did persecutions seem to disappear for almost forty years. During this time, Christian communities flourished and influenced the towns with which they were associated. Because of the ravages left behind by civil wars, administrations "disintegrated" and their responsibilities were left to smaller, private organizations, such as those instituted by Christians. This opportunity allowed Christian communities to become involved with many social functions. As a result, they became viable aspects of communities and for almost two generations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carroll, James. Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 2001.
  • Chodorow, Stanley, et al. A History of the World. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers. 1986.
  • Ehrman, Bart. Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code. New York: Oxford University Press. 2004.
  • Russell, Adrian. "Roman Persecution of the Early Church." Early Church Online. Site Accessed May 11, 2010.

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