The Birth of ChristianityBook - 2012
The religion that today has more members than any other in the world-Christianity-began as one of dozens of religious faiths practiced in the Roman Empire during its early centuries. At first, Roman Christians were often looked down on and persecuted, not for their beliefs, but because of widespread misconceptions that their rituals included barbaric and criminal acts. In time, however, increasing numbers of people came to see Christians as no less decent than other Romans. The great turning point came in the fourth century CE when the emperor Constantine befriended the Christians. He not only granted them freedom to practice their beliefs unhindered, but also converted to the faith on his deathbed. Thanks to that influential act, thereafter Christianity enjoyed spectacular growth. And in only a few decades it became the Empire's official faith. During this seminal period, the bishops and other Christian officials solidified the beliefs and rituals that would come to be accepted by members of the faith for centuries to come. Book jacket.
Publisher: Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., c2012.
Branch Call Number: 270.1/NARDO
Characteristics: 112 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 24 cm.
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