Relgions paper 1

Relgions paper 1 - Misra 1 Ayesha Misra Religions of the...

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Misra 1 Ayesha Misra Religions of the West TA: Ericka Evolution of Christianity as a Religion In the canons and decrees issued by the councils of Nicaea , Elvira, and Chalcedon, the evolution of Christianity as a religion is demonstrated through various changes , one being the change in power given to the clergy and bishops . The evidence from the Councils show that Christianity has become very centralized since the time of Paul , as opposed to the minority religion it used to be . “…before all this it is fitting that they give a written undertaking that they will accept and follow the decrees of the catholic church… ” (Nicaea, Canon 8). As shown by part of this canon of the Council of Nicaea regarding about bishops , it is evident that early Christianity was more religion based , following strict tenets of the church and the religion. Canons like these in Nicaea dealt strictly with religion and did not interfere in matters of the state . By the Council of Elvira however , this had changed. “It is forbidden that landholders, when they receive their payments, shall account as received anything offered to idols . If after this prohibition they do so anyway, they shall be severed from communion for the space of five years ” (Elvira, Canon 40). Unlike in early Christianity , canons from Elvira revolve more around matters of the state than the actual church , showing that the bishops and the church in general were gaining more power over the government and the people .
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