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A brief perspective on Early Christianity through the Edict of Milan.

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  • Evolution christianity

    1. 1. The Evolution of Christianity
    2. 2. The Evolution of ChristianityChristianity from 0 - 400 A.D./C.E.
    3. 3. Before the year “zero”
    4. 4. Before the year “zero” The Romans occupied the area of the province of Palestine when they conquered the area in 63B.C.
    5. 5. Before the year “zero”
    6. 6. Before the year “zero” From the years 63B.C. to 19 A.D. (C.E.), Rome was ruled by the Emperor Augustus, the adopted son of Julius Caesar.
    7. 7. Before the year “zero”
    8. 8. Before the year “zero” It was during the reign of Augustus that there was a census held in Palestine, to understand the size of the Jewish community there...
    9. 9. Before the year “zero”
    10. 10. Before the year “zero” It was during this census that Jesus Christ, the son of a Jewish carpenter was born. To the Christians,he is seen as the son of god.
    11. 11. Jesus
    12. 12. JesusAccording to Jewishscripture, a‘messiah’ would cometo save human beingsfrom evil.Christians believethat Jesus Christ wasthis savior.
    13. 13. Jesus
    14. 14. JesusThere are manyprimary sources ofJesus’ life.Christians adoptedfour of them, calledGospels.These form the basisof Jesus’ teachingsto his followers.
    15. 15. Jesus
    16. 16. JesusThe main principle ofChristianity applies tothe holiday, Easter.Easter represents theday that Jesus rose fromthe dead, after threedays.To Christians, this wasproof that he was the‘Messiah.’
    17. 17. Paul of Tarsus
    18. 18. Paul of Tarsus Another key figure of Early Christianity was Paul of Tarsus. Paul wrote letters, called epistles, to various cities in Greece and Italy.
    19. 19. Paul of Tarsus
    20. 20. Paul of Tarsus These letters helped to spread the idea of Christianity outside Palestine. Paul, later became a martyr (someone killed for a cause) by the Romans.
    21. 21. Reaction by the Romans
    22. 22. Reaction by the Romans Believers in early- Christianity often called Christ the “King of Kings.” Most Romans also were polytheists, believing in more- than-one god.
    23. 23. Reaction by the Romans
    24. 24. Reaction by the Romans These factors led some emperors to grow fearful of the growing religion. Caligula & Nero (right) were some of the worst emperors concerning treatment of the Christians.
    25. 25. Reaction by the Romans
    26. 26. Reaction by the Romans The practice of Christianity was banned by the Romans. From 0-300A.D., believers in Christianity would be guilty of a capital offense.
    27. 27. The Spread...
    28. 28. The Spread...
    29. 29. Diocletian
    30. 30. Diocletian Diocletian, who ruled from 286-305A.D., was the last emperor to persecute Christians. He destroyed churches, cut tongues off of priests, and put many Christians to death.
    31. 31. Diocletian
    32. 32. Diocletian Diocletian focused on ending Christianity, creating several “Edicts against the Christians.” If it weren’t for the illness that killed him, Christianity may have been destroyed.
    33. 33. Constantine
    34. 34. ConstantineLuckily for theChristians, thefollowers of Diocletianeased up on thereligion.25 years afterDiocletian, one eventhelped the spread ofChristianity like noother.
    35. 35. Constantine
    36. 36. ConstantineIn February 313A.D.,the Edict of Milanallowed the practiceof Christianity.Constantine, himselfwould become baptizedas a Christian beforehis death.

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