Early Christianity and the Reason to Believe
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This paper, written from the perspective of a believing Christian, analyzes how Christianity became the religion of the Roman Empire in light of the epoch's morality and beliefs. Life in pre-Christian Rome is described as self-centered and egotistical, based on actions with personal and superficial benefit. The leaders who adopted Jesus' faith are discussed as being the reason the religion became widespread. The outlook of early Christianity is described as preaching good and overcoming evil, a completely new approach for the pagans. Various Biblical and theological quotes are used throughout the paper to reinforce the author's view of why Christianity became the largest religion in the world.
From the Paper:"Christians could look at Jesus and see themselves in his image--they could understand his pain and relate it to theirs. Sacred rituals and intimate meetings with others of the same belief helped Christians feel a sense of togetherness and unity with their fellow man and with their savior, Jesus Christ (Durant 600). Everyone is accepted into the Christian family, as "Roman Christians are to accept one another, just as they have been accepted by Christ" (Donfried 198). In succession, each new Christian would undergo a series of sacraments, beginning with baptism to wash away original sin (Durant 600). Using symbolic water as the tool for washing, "through baptism, one became a part of the corporation" (Frey 76). Forgiveness was easy to obtain, another important reason of early Christians to follow the path of righteousness."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Cameron, Averil. Christianity and the Rhetoric Empire; The Development of Christian Discourse. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.
- Donfried, Karl P., and Peter Richardson, eds. Judaism and Christianity in First Century Rome. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998.
- Durant, Will. Caesar and Christ. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1944.
- Frend, W.H.C. Town and Country in the Early Christian Centuries. London: Variorum Reprints, 1980.
- Frey, Linda, and Marsha L. Frey. The History of Diplomatic Immunity. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1999.
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