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CHnotes1-15 - b major trade routes I Christians went where...

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Religion Beck 1-15-08 The Mediterranean World I. The Setting a. the early church *I. 70 AD-500AD b. the Roman Empire I. largest empire in the world at that time *II. Massive expansion of Empire helped spread Christianity c. why did Christianity spread? I. common language II. Roads-safe roads extending throughout the whole empire for all III. Pax Romana-peace in Rome i. proper judicial channels IV. Shared culture-except for very first Christians most new believers came from Polytheistic paganism à had to rethink religion not gov’t, education, etc. b/c that was already in the culture i. the shared culture was Greek II. Characteristics of Early Christianity a. rapid expansion-allowed more and more people to be reached
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Unformatted text preview: b. major trade routes I. Christians went where sellers went and spread the Gospel II. Urban phenomenon-cities provided new opportunities, perspectives, and choices *i. Christianity was based in the cities-urban phenomenon c. Catholic consciousness I. universal II. Commonalities in religion III. Larger groups needed more organization à hierarchy IV. Doctrine and liturgy-what does certain parts of this religion mean? i. liturgy-organization of worship V. Apostolic teaching-letters, remembered speeches of the Apostles d. formation of New Testament I. canonization II. Creeds e. growth of heresy I. Irenaeus-wrote “New Heresies” i. Bishop in France...
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