AP World History Compare and Contrast: The Spread of Christianity and Buddhism in the End of the Classical Period.

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Compare and Contrast: The Spread of Christianity and Buddhism in the End of the Classical Period.

World History AP

Christianity and Buddhism are two different religions that developed and spread contemporaneously in during the Classical Period different territories. Both of them share some similarities as well as differences. Both of these religions were founded based upon different principles taught by different people; in Buddhism’s case Gautama Buddha a thinker and in Christianity’s it is Jesus Christ who is a prophet. These two universal doctrines spread in times of chaos, in which citizens of their own territories were looking forward to achieve salvation of any kind. Although alike these two doctrines didn’t have a
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Christians believe that God is the only one who is capable of showing this acts of divinity, while Buddhist believe they are capable of this by meditating.

Christianity’s spread began at the decline of the Roman Empire when Constatine the Great converted himself to Christian and beginning of Byzantine Empire, while Buddhism already existed and was known in the Gupta Empire. Christianity became popular and known throughout the territory occupied by Romans, this means that it spread in what today is known as Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. While Buddhism had spread in India and East Asia. They both developed in very different societies and law systems, the Roman society influenced by Greek had a law system which later on was influenced and related by Christianity; while the Indian society and politics had been majorly influenced by Hinduism rather than Buddhism. At last, women had different roles in both societies, in Roman society there was still a patriarchal society in which men were in control of women, while in Buddhism they were active members both religiously and socially. Buddhist women were capable of reaching high meditation ranks helping their families achieve the enlightenment, while Christian women didn’t actively participate of their religion.

To conclude, both Christian and Buddhist doctrines share similar characteristics like, being founded based on a preacher’s teachings

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