Discussion 3.docx - Briana Palencia HIST 1011 Based on a close reading of Hunt speculate as to the factors that may have encouraged the growth of

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Briana Palencia HIST 1011 Based on a close reading of Hunt, speculate as to the factors that may have encouraged the growth of Christianity during the second and third centuries? One factor that may have encouraged the growth of Christianity is it offered hope to the people that they could improve their lives and go to the afterlife. The idea of life after death appealed to the people in that even though their lives aren’t going so well now, they have a chance to live a better life after death. Another factor is that the religion was opened to newcomers. Other religions, such as Judaism and Pagan religions had strict laws in welcoming newcomers, however Christianity allowed anyone to join. This made the religion look more willing in accepting everyone, than rejecting them. Jews were being treated badly by Roman, A final judgment would soon follow, punishing the wicked and rewarding the righteous for eternity. (Christ, God’s agen to conquer the evil forces of Earth His emphasis on God’s love for humanity and people’s responsibility to love one another reflected Jewish religious teachings
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