Lecture 1 - Varieties of Christianity Pagans=anyone who...

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Varieties of Christianity 1/10/2012 Pagans=anyone who wasn’t a Jew or a Christian church fathers”=collective term; emerge in middle of second century (312) - wrote adversos literature—beginning of Christian anti-semitism (attack Judaism as a religion) - Constantine the Emperor make Christianity legal o For first several hundred years, there’s no central authority and no direction (no Vatican, no pope, etc.), so it varies by different groups - New religion of Christianity emerges through church fathers, not Jesus - = apologists (writing apologies—not ‘im sorry’, but an EXPLANATION/DEFENSE - explain what would become the religion of Christianity - becomes foundation for theology—becomes dogma - also tackle other Christians who don’t agree with them (incredibly popular) (gnostic—have own idea of who jesus was and how things work and disagree majorly with other Christians) coin ‘ orthodoxy ’=correct belief and ‘ heresy ’ (
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course RELGST 1130 taught by Professor Rebeccadenova during the Spring '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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