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Early Church: 100’s to 500’s “Defending the Gospel”

PERSECUTION “Martyrs” = “Witnesses to the faith”

Important Date: Timeline 64 AD

70 AD

Nero: Burning of Rome

111 AD

161 AD

1st: Official Policy

M. Aurelius: encourages persecution Temple Destroyed

249 AD

Empire: All must sacrifice to gods. WAR!

303 AD

313 AD

Assignment: Due Monday 391 AD

• Read/Scan “Fox’s Book of Martyrs” • Choose: – 1 Apostles & 1 Martyrs

Constantine: Edict of Milanreligious freedom

Diocletian: Destroy churches, imprison clergy and burn Bibles.

• Summarize their stories. – Be able to retell the story by memory.

• Oral presentations: Home & Class Theodosius: Official Religion of Rome

– One visual aid!

Important Date: Timeline 64 AD

70 AD

Nero: Burning of Rome

111 AD

161 AD

1st: Official Policy

M. Aurelius: encourages persecution Temple Destroyed

249 AD

Empire: All must sacrifice to gods. WAR!

303 AD

313 AD

391 AD

Constantine: Edict of Milanreligious freedom

Diocletian: Destroy churches, imprison clergy and burn Bibles.

Theodosius: Official Religion of Rome

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Reasons?

Diocletian

M. Aurelius NERO

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Jewish Social Political Economic Religious

Jewish Reason • Theological Differences – Messiah????? • Cross • Eternal kingdom vs. Earthly Kingdom

• Political Differences – “Restore our kingdom?” – Acts 1:6 – Threatened religions freedom

Social – Anti-social • Entertainment – Theater – Sports – Gladiators/Olympics

– Civil ceremonies • Emperor Worship

– Classism/Racism • Equality of all!

Political/Economic • Political – “Jesus in Lord” – Treason!

• Economic – Religions business – Natural disasters • Famine, Earthquakes, Pestilence

Religious • Atheists – Worship Jesus – No pagan worship

• Cannibal – “This is my body…”

• Incestuous – Secret meeting – “Brothers and Sisters”

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Results of Persecution Externally… – Freedom: Jewish roots – Prepared: World Religion

Internal… - New Testament - Creeds - True Christians?

Page 74- 75

Tertullian of Carthage

Constantine

• “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

CONQUER BY THIS!

Christianity Embraced • Emperor Constantine – Edit of Milan 313 – Legalized Christianity – Mother: Paton

• Emperor Theodosius – 391 AD: Official Religion – Persecution of pagans

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Early Church- Persecution - Class #4