Essay The First Centuries After The Death Of Jesus

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World Religions
Module 7 Quiz
Christianity

1. What is meant by the statement in the film that in the first centuries after the death of Jesus, “there were many Christianities”?
The statement in the film that in the first centuries after the death of Jesus, “there were many Christianities” means the historical reality is probably much more complex. The Christian movement probably began not from a single center but from many different centers where different groups of disciples of Jesus gathered and tried to make sense of what they had experienced with him and what had happened to him at the end of his public ministry. Each of those groups probably had a very different take on what the significance of Jesus was.

2. What was the role of the Roman Empire in establishing Christianity as an acceptable religion with a standard set of beliefs and ritual?
The role of the Roman Empire in establishing Christianity as an acceptable religion with a standard set of beliefs and ritual was the final death knell of the Pagan faith came only a generation later, under the rule of Theodosius. An ardent Christian, and recognizing the amazing growth of the still relatively young faith, Theodosius and his western counterpart Gratian, recognized Christianity as the official religion of the Empire in 380 AD. Gratian too, likely at the partial behest of Theodosius refused the title of Pontifex Maximus (head priest) and it was bestowed instead on the Catholic Pope in Rome. Severe punishments for…

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