History Of Christianity In The Roman Empire

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From the first century A.D. to the fourth century A.D., the ideas, development and practice of Christianity changed tremendously from a small Jewish sect during the first century who was among one of the most persecuted groups in the Roman Empire to becoming the state religion of all of the Roman empire during the fourth century. Even though Jerusalem was the birthplace of the religion of Christianity, it was not such a success in this region, in actuality the success of the religion came from outside of Palestine. This is because the church was burned down in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. also there was competition of other religions that looked similar to it in the area; Christianity was taken out of the region by those who travelled to and from the Mediterranean. For most of the early periods of Roman history, Christians were heavily persecuted because Romans felt like it was an infringement amongst the Pagan gods. Many in high power believed that these Jewish sects were practicing private, which was not what one did during this time period. Up to this point everything in the Roman Empire was done in public and the idea of private practice of religion was unfathomable.
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The implementation of Christianity throughout the empire had caused a cultural revolution to take place. Temples were being torn down and replaced with churches throughout the land. Also begins to attract Non- Jewish, gentiles to the religion because of religious freedom and lack of persecutions against them, the idea was now possible for outsiders to come join. This was particularly helpful considering that Constantine was not a Christian, so it was smart if those around him in political power became Christians and dropped their Pagan practices in order to progress and succeed in the

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