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Constantines impact on Christianity begins in the year 312 James Carroll a historian explains on the eve of the battle at Milvian Bridge against Maxentiuss army Constantine saw a cross in the sky with the inscription In This Sign Conquer 171 Not only did Constantine receive a vision from God but he also acted on that vision According to Charles Freeman in his article The Emperors State of Grace after Constantines vision from the Christian God before the battle at Milvian Bridge Constantine arrayed the shields of his men with a cross The result of the battle was a decisive victory for Constantine and his army Constantine soon gained sole control of the Western Roman Empire and was from this point onward known as a Christian 9 Constantine was one of the greatest emperors of Rome In fact by the fourth century he had taken control of the entire Roman Empire According to Charles Freeman By 324 Constantine had defeated Licinius and was sole ruler of the empire 11 During his reign over the entire Roman Empire Constantine enforced many changes and earned his title of Constantine the Great however what he is most recognized for at least in Christian history is his conversion to Christianity and the negative impacts that are still clearly seen today Constantines conversion to Christianity had detrimental affects on Christianity such as the integration of pagan beliefs unity between church and state and turning the mission of the church violent which are still seen in the Christian religion todayMany Christians argue that Constantine made some extraordinary positive changes in Christianity that affected the religion from Constantines time all the way to the present day Some Christians dispute that Constantine put an end to Christian persecution after converting to Christianity Frank Flinn states that after the victory at battle of the Milvian Bridge Constantine and his co-emperor granted Christians the freedom to worship without the fear of persecution
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