Christianity in Europe by Rasheed O.

Christianity in Europe by Rasheed O.

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  • Rome Converts to Christianity
  • Rome Refines Christianity
  • Christianity Gains Power
  • Before
  • After
  • When Constantine converted in 312, he also made Christianity an important religion in the empire. Christians were given amenities, so many converted. In 380, Christianity became the empire's official religion and all other religions became illegal.
  • East-West Schism
  • Roman Catholic: •Above the Emperor. •Used Latin or local languages. •The pope leads the church above the bishops.
  • Eastern Orthodox: •Below the Emperor. •Used Greek or local languages •Patriarch leads the church alongside the bishops.
  • The empire made many changes to Christianity. In 325, Orthodoxy became the only accepted doctrine. In 382, the Council of Rome decided which texts would form the Bible. In 451, Rome became the headquarters of Christianity, and Constantinople was second. This formed the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Crusades at the Peak of Christianity
  • Because of Germanic invasion, people looked to the church for support. This gave the church more political power. Education decreased, so people relied on the church for knowledge. This allowed the church to control the distribution of information. The church also had a say in who became emperor. The ruler would give them power in exchange for support.
  • Christianity's Power Fades
  • In 1054, the Christian Church officially split into the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Out of the two, the Roman Catholic Church was the more powerful. It claimed power above that of the emperor, while the Orthodox church was below the emperor.
  • Crusades gave the church a way to take power from opposing religions. This also gave the church some military power. Tolerance for other religions was severely decreased.
  • Europe was weakened by disease. When the church could do nothing about this, people began to question the church's power. People began to criticize the church. People also gave less power to the church.
  • What is the church doing for us?
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