At Jerusalem they numbered about one hundred and twenty. There was no priest cohen ; the presbyter was the "elder," nothing more. The Pope assumed a position of semi independence under Byzantine sovereignty.
The assemblies had, in a strict sense, nothing liturgic. All lived in common, having but one heart and one mind. Emperors thought of themselves as both spiritual and temporal authorities and played a leading role in church. Pagans were suspicious of the Christian refusal to sacrifice to the Roman gods.
This was an insult to the gods and potentially endangered the empire which they deigned to protect. It is very remarkable that the family of Jesus, some of whose members during his life had been incredulous and hostile to his mission, constituted now a part of the Church, and held in it a very exalted position.
Since infanticide tended to affect female newborn more frequently, early Christians had a more even sex ratio and therefore a higher percentage of childbearing women than pagans. It did not require much persuasion to put people in accord on the question as to whether the resurrection was to be universal, that is to say, whether it would embrace the good and the bad, or whether it would apply to the elect only.
It had to be followed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which were effected by means of a prayer, offered up by the apostles, upon the head of the new convert, accompanied by the imposition of hands.
He used the vernacular Latin of his day to produce the Vulgate Bible. The significant question is how it became the official religion of the Roman empire and an agency of the Roman imperial government.
But pure monotheism existed only among the Jews. There was henceforth in the world a power outside that of the State, which disposed of the life of citizens. Perhaps to divert attention from the rumours, Nero ordered that Christians should be rounded up and killed.
These psalms and prophecies are, as regards form, destitute of originality, but an admirable spirit of gentleness and of piety animates and pervades them.
The principle of ecclesiastical celibacy was already established, but it required time to bring all these germs to their complete development. The sole condition was that the candidate should be chosen from the groups of the oldest disciples, who had been witnesses of the whole series of events, from the time of the baptism of John.
The first Christians, like almost all the Jews of the time, looked upon diseases as the punishment of a transgression, or the work of a malignant demon. We see the simplicity of this primitive Christian worship.
The prophetic spirit is represented in the Hebrew books as a breathing which penetrates man and inspires him. He perhaps took her back to Jerusalem.
At the time of which we speak, belief in the resurrection almost alone prevailed. Galilee thus counted but an hour in the history of Christianity; but it was the sacred hour, par excellence; it gave to the new religion that which has made it endure - its poetry, its penetrating charms.
The bishops stayed in touch with each other through letters epistlessecret meetings councilsand by keeping the records of the faith in secret books bible means simply "book".Feb 17, · The story of Christianity’s rise to prominence is a remarkable one, but the traditional story of its progression from a tiny, persecuted religion to the established religion in the medieval West.
The correspondence between world conditions then and the actual process of Christianity in its rise and early spread appears to conform to evolutionary laws as regarded in the light of modern interpretation. The Rise of Christianity. by Rodney Stark - published by Princeton University Press, A Book Review by Father John McCloskey.
As the year approaches, more and more people are asking why we celebrate the end of one millennium and the beginning of another. The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History Stark examines other factors, such as paganism's weakness and the early church's social structure, which helped draw so many to the new.
Christian Healthcare and the Rise of Christianity Rodney Stark's book, the Rise of Christianity, argues that one of the main reasons for the success of Early Christianity was the Christian emphasis on caring for the sick.
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the rise of christianity Christianity was the first ancient religion to become recognized as the one officially state supported religion. It became the most vital force in the barbarian west.Download