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Unformatted text preview: Early Christianity: Creatively Coping with Change Transitions in Early Christianity 1. Geography Success came mostly outside Palestine. Jerusalem ceased to be the central church (70 AD) . 2. Sociology From a mostly rural to a mostly urban movement. Transitions in Early Christianity 3. Language From Aramaic to Greek. 4. Culture From Jewish to Greco-Roman. Difficulties in the Early Church Persecution from the Jews No reference text on which to base Christian teaching New Testament assembled in 5th Century Gospels written in AD 8090 Disagreements among the leaders Gentile and Jewish Christians 1st Century AD Chi-rho fish anchor Pauls work changed it from a Jewish-Christian church to a gentile church. Problems over common meals forced the change from a Jewish- oriented church. Diverse beliefs proliferated due to different cultures and lack of an official theology. 1st Century AD Modern Christianity is widely diverse . . . but this diversity is mild in comparison with Christianity during the first three centuries. Bart Erhman, Lost Christianities (The Teaching Co. 2002), 3. 1st Century AD Diversity appears to have existed from the beginning Christian sects divided on fundamental issues: covenant, salvation, the Godhead, etc. No single theology seemed to dominate. Examples of Christian Diversity BELIEF Extreme Moderate Mild Divine Sonship Rites Nature of Christ Number of Gods Saving Power Scripture Literal Son Divine Three (or even more) Atonement Jewish and Christian Adopted Son Figurative Son Hybrid (Diophysite) Human Two One Secret Knowledge Only New Testament Christian only Old and New Testament None necessary Moral Teachings Only Gospels (and Paul) Progression of Authority Jesus chose 12 apostles. Apostolic church had elders and deacons. Post-apostolic church added bishops and priests. 1st Century AD How did the Jewish persecution affect the Christians? How did the Roman persecution affect the Christians? Discussion 2nd Century AD Period of no record (100-150) Probably when the apostasy occurred Loss of righteousness Evidences of apostasy Principally from historical records Eusebius = Bishop of Caesarea in the 4th century and author of History of the Church ApostasyKeys Loss of leadership and priesthood Unauthorized elections of officers Lack of apostolic overview ApostasyKeys When James the Righteous had suffered martyrdom like the Lord and for the same reason, Symeon the son of his uncle Clopas was appointed bishop. He Clopas was appointed bishop....
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2012 for the course MFG 201 taught by Professor Terry,r during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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