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

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

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    • 1. The Evolution of Christianity
    • 2. The Evolution of ChristianityChristianity from 0 - 400 A.D./C.E.
    • 3. Before the year “zero”
    • 4. Before the year “zero” The Romans occupied the area of the province of Palestine when they conquered the area in 63B.C.
    • 5. Before the year “zero”
    • 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. Before the year “zero”
    • 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. Before the year “zero”
    • 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. Jesus
    • 12. JesusAccording to Jewishscripture, a‘messiah’ would cometo save human beingsfrom evil.Christians believethat Jesus Christ wasthis savior.
    • 13. Jesus
    • 14. JesusThere are manyprimary sources ofJesus’ life.Christians adoptedfour of them, calledGospels.These form the basisof Jesus’ teachingsto his followers.
    • 15. Jesus
    • 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. Paul of Tarsus
    • 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. Paul of Tarsus
    • 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. Reaction by the Romans
    • 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. Reaction by the Romans
    • 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. Reaction by the Romans
    • 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. The Spread...
    • 28. The Spread...
    • 29. Diocletian
    • 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. Diocletian
    • 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. Constantine
    • 34. ConstantineLuckily for theChristians, thefollowers of Diocletianeased up on thereligion.25 years afterDiocletian, one eventhelped the spread ofChristianity like noother.
    • 35. Constantine
    • 36. ConstantineIn February 313A.D.,the Edict of Milanallowed the practiceof Christianity.Constantine, himselfwould become baptizedas a Christian beforehis death.