Essay on Results Of Conversion Of Rome And North Africa

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Results of Conversion After defeating Maxentius and gaining control of Rome, Italy and North Africa, Constantine meet with Licinius in 313 to enter into alliance and consolidate his power. Together they would establish a policy of religious toleration. The Edict of Milan was the “Magna Charta of religious liberty,”[15] and it benefitted Christians in the following ways: 1) It allowed and even obligated Christians and non-Christians alike to preserve and uphold their own faiths and assemblies, 2) Those that desired might publicly convert to Christianity, 3) All Christian places of worship that were destroyed or appropriated during times of persecution were to be restored, and confiscated Christian property was to be returned or indemnified.[16] This meant Christians were free to profess their faith without fear of legal issues. This included all Church officials being exempt from obligation to hold public office. This was during a time when church officials needed to hold public office to afford their taxes[17]. This also meant that those who were deprived of their status and legal power because of their faith regained their position. With amazing haste the Christians went from the position of persecution to being equal and having the same privileges as other religions.
Constantine believed that Christians may not by any error or sacrilegious negligence be drawn away for the service due to the Deity, but may devote themselves without any hindrance to their own law.[18] As…

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